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Taiwan’s domestic vaccines may not achieve instant international recognition: CECC head

Chen admits international recognition for domestic COVID jabs will take time

Premier Su Tseng-chung (left) and CECC head Cheng Shih-chung

Premier Su Tseng-chung (left) and CECC head Cheng Shih-chung (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As Taiwan’s domestic COVID-19 vaccines continue along in their development, Central Epidemic Command Center head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) caused a stir on Wednesday (June 9) when he admitted at the Legislative Yuan that they may not receive immediate international certification, Newtalk reported.

Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) asked Chen whether Taiwanese who get the domestic jabs will run the risk of their vaccination not being recognized by the international community. Chen responded that while international vaccines such as AstraZeneca and Moderna took little time to be recognized internationally, more hard work and communication will be needed to achieve that distinction for Taiwan's vaccines.

Chen added that when domestic COVID-19 vaccines begin to be administered, the government will keep the public updated on their international status.

Chiang went on to ask the CECC head whether Taiwanese will have the freedom to choose which vaccine they receive. Chen answered that when there is a variety of vaccines in large enough quantities, the answer will be "yes."

Updated : 2021-06-23 23:02 GMT+08:00