President Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan-developed coronavirus shot due in July

Friday, May 14, 2021

 A Taiwan-developed vaccine for the coronavirus disease is expected to be available in late July, President Tsai Ing-wen said Thursday during a press event held after she presided over a national security meeting, CNA reports.

"The phase two clinical trials of Taiwan-made vaccines are nearing completion. We expect the first vaccine to be ready in late July," she said at the event, which was broadcast live on the Presidential Office's webpage.

Tsai said she has directed the Central Epidemic Command Center to prepare for mass vaccination and encouraged the public to get the Taiwan-made vaccine.

In addition to locally-developed vaccines, vaccines from overseas will also arrive in the country in batches beginning July, the president said.

Tsai did not reveal any details about the local vaccines. However, according to previous announcements by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), at least three vaccines are being developed by Adimmune Corp., United Biomedical and Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp., in Taiwan.

The national security meeting was convened after the increase in local infections this week.

Thirty-nine domestic patients have been recorded in Taiwan since Monday, with 16 testing positive on Wednesday and another 13 on Thursday.

The CECC raised its four-tier coronavirus disease alert level to Level 2 on Tuesday, banning indoor events with more than 100 people and outdoor events with more than 500 people.