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Reluctance to Covid Vaccine Could Lead Hong Kong to Throw Millions of Doses


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Taiwan has extended its Level 3 alert on a continuing Covid-19 outbreak, today reporting 281 new local cases and six more deaths.
The largest cluster of new cases – which were tested yesterday – were again in the city of New Taipei (155), while 49 were in the capital, Taipei. Two new cases detected in Taitung mean there is now community transmission of Covid-19 in every county in Taiwan.

All of Taiwan is currently on the third of a four-tier warning system, and all schools were closed until the end of the month. The CECC said both measures were extended until June 14, and said all school graduation ceremonies should be canceled or held online.

He previously said that a Level 4 alert – bringing a strict lockdown – would only be triggered after 14 consecutive days of more than 100 cases, 50% of which were untracked. Although it appears to be on track to reach the 14-day threshold, the number of unrecognized cases is less than 50%.

Chieh-Ting Yeh
(@ChiehtingYeh)

Second consecutive day of decline in 7-day average, 6 more deaths, level 3 expanded to 6/14, a total of 12 million additional vaccine doses to arrive by August. https://t.co/cUpfuDCN8V

May 25, 2021

During the daily press conference, the outbreak’s central command center also announced 261 more cases from last week, including 155 in Taipei, as it went through a backlog of thousands of tests. The updated daily totals revealed that the daily numbers of cases in Taiwan last week were mostly in the 400s – up to 510 on June 17.

Chen Shi-chung, Minister of Health and Welfare, said two million doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive by the end of June and 10 million more by the end of June. August. Taiwan has so far received only 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca for its 24 million people. He wasn’t sure exactly where the doses came from, but later said a locally developed vaccine, which is currently in the testing phase but is being ramped up, was included in the 10 million.

Taiwan has orders with Covax, Moderna and Pfizer.

“We hope all shipments arrive on time and urge that Covax will be free from the impact of ‘other factors’ so that our vaccine is right on time,” he said, appearing to allude to the interference. Chinese – an accusation that Taiwan has made. against Beijing for some vaccine supplies, but which China denies, saying it has offered to send vaccines to Taiwan.

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