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Taiwan, TSMC, Foxconn founder sign legal paperwork to import vaccine doses

TSMC, tycoon Terry Gou want to buy 5 million BioNTech doses each to donate to Taiwanese government

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The BioNTech COVID vaccine 

The BioNTech COVID vaccine  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Foxconn Technology founder Terry Gou’s (郭台銘) YongLin Healthcare Foundation and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) have signed the necessary legal documents to move their plan forward and import COVID-19 vaccine doses, a government spokesman said Saturday (June 26).

Gou and TSMC want to buy 5 million vaccine doses each from BioNTech and import them directly from Germany to donate to the government, but the plan has met with several hurdles. These include the seller’s insistence that it only deal with governments and the claims by China’s Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical that it cannot not be bypassed because it holds the distribution rights for Taiwan.

On June 18, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) met with Gou and TSMC Chairman Mark Liu (劉德音), reaching the consensus that the vaccines should be flown in their original packaging directly to Taiwan as soon as possible.

The government, Gou’s foundation, and TSMC on Friday (June 25) wrapped up the necessary legal paperwork to speed up the process, Cabinet Spokesman Lo Ping-cheng (羅秉成) said Saturday.

As the government has fulfilled its promise of backing the project, it is now up to Gou’s foundation and the chipmaker to complete the purchase and donation process, CNA reported.