Taiwan signs deal with German manufacturer for COVID-19 vaccine doses

Germany-developed vaccines can arrive in Taiwan in first quarter of 2021

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Taiwan signs agreement with BioNTech SE for delivery of coronavirus vaccines. (Pixabay photo)

Taiwan signs agreement with BioNTech SE for delivery of coronavirus vaccines. (Pixabay photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's TTY Biopharm Company (東洋製藥) announced Monday (Oct. 12) that it has received authorization for the delivery of coronavirus vaccines developed by Germany's BioNTech SE once they are proven safe in phase 3 clinical trials.

During a press conference, TTY Biopharm Chairman Lin Chuan (林全) said the company will be in charge of negotiating with the Taiwanese health authorities on the precise quantity, delivery time, and price of the coronavirus vaccines developed by BioNTech. He said the results of the negotiation will have no legal effect until they are approved by the German firm.

Lin said talks had been ongoing between TTY Biopharm and BioNTech but that no official agreement was signed until Monday. He added that the BioNTech vaccine, which is co-developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, is one of the leading candidates in the race to gain regulatory approval in the U.S. and Europe.

Under the agreement, Taiwan can acquire up to 30 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, with 10 million expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2021, according to Lin. Currently, BioNTech has narrowed its vaccine down to two candidates, including one that has moved into the last stage of clinical trials, reported Cnyes.


TTY Biopharm Chairman Lin Chuan. (CNA photo)