TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has announced that a shipment of 580,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses will arrive in Taiwan this afternoon.
Su said the doses were purchased by the government and are expected to arrive at 3 p.m. after being loaded onto a cargo plane in Bangkok, Thailand, at noon.
The premier said in a Facebook post that over 27% of Taiwanese have already received their first vaccine dose. He urged people who are eligible to make a jab appointment to do so immediately. Su also thanked the nation’s frontline medical staff for working tirelessly to make overall vaccination operations run smoothly.
According to the latest statistics from the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), as of Monday, the dose-to-population ratio had exceeded 28%, CNA reported. The CECC added that as the fourth round of vaccine appointments has opened Tuesday, it encourages anyone over the age of 38 to sign up as soon as possible.