Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Taiwan received a child version of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for testing on Wednesday and is expected to take delivery of 770,000 doses of the vaccines in its first batch following a recently inked deal, according to Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中).
The shipment of 2,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children was delivered on board a China Airlines flight CI-062 from Frankfurt, Germany, and arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 5:58 a.m. Wednesday, according to airport officials.
The 2,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are not for administration but for testing or experimentation, according to Chen, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center, told a press briefing Wednesday.
There will be around 770,000 doses of the child version of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the first batch, Chen added, but he did not elaborate on when they will be transported to Taiwan.
Taiwan signed a deal on April 28 to purchase about 4 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, consisting of 1.8 million doses for adults and 2.2 million doses for children.
Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the same day authorized the vaccine for children aged 5-11 and recommended that they receive two doses with an interval of at least 12 weeks.
Meanwhile, Taiwan received 1,115,500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, the seventh shipment this year from the company, Chen said, noting that the doses are due to expire on August 20.
The delivery was part of a second deal Taiwan signed in July 2021 with Moderna to procure 35 million doses for 2022-2023, 20 million of which are to be delivered this year, according to the CECC.
With Wednesday’s shipment, Taiwan has received 7,935,100 doses from Moderna this year, according to CECC.
(By Chen Chieh-ling, Chang Ming-hsuan, Yeh Chen and Shih Hsiu-chuan)
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