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The Latest: Arkansas governor decries federal mandates

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says federal vaccination mandates announced by President Joe Biden last week hurt efforts to overcome the public’s resistance to taking the COVID-19 v...

Japan passes 50% vaccination rate, may ease limits in Nov.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government says more than 50% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Japan’s vaccine rollouts began in mid-February, months behind many wealthy countries d...

Tokyo new virus cases near 2,000 a day before Olympics open

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo hit another six-month high in new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, one day before the Olympics begin, as worries grow of a worsening of infections during the Games. Thu...

Stocks sink, yields tumble as virus fears circle the world

NEW YORK (AP) — From Wall Street to Sydney, stocks are sinking Monday amid worries the pandemic is worsening in hotspots around the world. The S&P 500 fell 1.6% in the first half...

Cases surge to 6-month high in Tokyo a week before Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — New coronavirus cases surged to 1,308 in Tokyo on Thursday, a six-month high, as fears rise of a possible dramatic increase that could flood hospitals during the Olympics that start in ei...

Vaccine import bid by Buddhist Tzu Chi group receives Taiwan government support

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The government said Thursday (July 1) it was setting up the procedures to help the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation import COVID-19 vaccines from overseas. ...

Moderna COVID vaccines arrive in Taiwan from the Netherlands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A batch of 410,400 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday afternoon (June 30) on a flight from the Netherlands. As the country struggles to ramp ...

COVID vaccine export simplification to take center stage at Taiwan-US trade talks

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — When representatives of Taiwan and the United States conduct trade talks after a five-year hiatus, the simplification of export and import procedures for COVID-19 vaccines...

Taiwan president offers Tzu Chi help with vaccine imports

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has spoken to Buddhist leader Cheng Yen (證嚴) via video conference about her bid to import COVID-19 vaccines, reports said Saturday (June 26). ...

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

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 document...

Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's rollout

TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive reaching more than 13 million people that aims to rev up...

Taiwan president, TSMC, Foxconn founder agree to fly in vaccines from Germany

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Foxconn Technology founder Terry Gou (郭台銘), and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Chairman Mark Liu (劉德音) agreed that BioNTech vaccine d...

Taiwan's president defends private attempts to import COVID vaccines

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) thanked Foxconn Technology founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) Thursday (June 17) for clarifying that her government is not hampering attempts by private ...

Taiwan tycoon’s plan to import COVID-19 vaccine doses from Germany advances

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Foxconn Technology founder Terry Gou's (郭台銘) plan to import doses of the BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine directly from Germany is moving forward, the Central Epidemic Comman...

Two-thirds of Taiwanese prefer imported COVID vaccines: Poll

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two-thirds of Taiwanese prefer to be inoculated with an imported COVID-19 vaccine, while one in five would give Taiwanese shots a try, according to an opinion poll release...