Covid-19 vaccines donated to Taiwan must come directly from pharmaceutical companies instead of going through a third party, the island’s presidential office said on Friday after a meeting with two potential donors.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday met two prominent businessmen each proposing to donate five million doses to the government. They are Terry Gou, founder of the Younglin Foundation and tech giant Foxconn, and Mark Liu, executive chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited.
The three reached a consensus that vaccines should be made and packaged by pharmaceutical companies, and shipped directly to Taiwan, Presidential Office spokesman Chang Tun-han said.
Tsai thanked Gou at the meeting and said the government will do its best to help and the relevant departments will act quickly to complete the clearance documents, Chang said.
Gou said he would do his best to accomplish the important mission. He said he wanted to import vaccines for the people and that he had no political motivation. The donation would not undermine Taiwan’s sovereignty, he said.
Earlier, Yuan executive spokesman Lo Ping-cheng said the BioNTech company told Gou that it would only sell vaccines to governments and not to other parties.
A second batch of 240,000 Moderna vaccines, obtained through the World Health Organization, arrived in Taiwan from Luxembourg on Friday on a China Airlines flight.
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