Vaccinations in Taichung (CNA, Taichung City Government Photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) chief Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中) said on Friday, June 4 that he would help Foxconn Technology founder Terry Gou (郭 台 銘) import 5 million doses of vaccine BioNTech COVID-19.

The Gou’s Yonglin Foundation recently applied to the government to purchase and fly the vaccines directly from Germany. However, the required distribution authorization document from the vaccine manufacturer was missing on file.

Chen said that if there were any problems, or if the evidence was missing, he could help and advise the manufacturer on whether to provide the vaccines, UDN reported.

The key question was whether there were enough doses of the vaccine to buy and distribute to private organizations, according to Chen, who is also the country’s health and welfare minister. He added that he knew that many manufacturers only wanted to discuss procurement with governments, and not with companies or private foundations.

Johnson & Johnson recently turned down a request from the Buddha Light International Association on these grounds. Chen stressed that it was necessary to certify the reliability of the source of the vaccines.

Some countries were unable to confirm the vaccine was the real product, causing delays, he said. The minister promised he would provide assistance to Gou and hoped he would succeed in importing the vaccines.

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