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Taiwan will not import any made in China COVID-19 vaccine: health minister

Taiwan will not import COVID-19 vaccines manufactured in China due to a longstanding policy against importing China-made vaccines and other biological products according to Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung, CNA reported.

Chen announced that Taiwan had signed up for the COVAX vaccine allocation plan but would not buy vaccines made in China through COVAX even if they were approved.

COVAX is a global initiative aimed at accelerating the development and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines and to guarantee fair and equitable access to the vaccines for every country.

Taiwan has never allowed imports of vaccines, plasma derivatives, and globulins, a kind of protein, that are made in China, Chen explained.

There are nine vaccines in COVAX's portfolio that have progressed to the final stage of human trials, four of which are being developed in China and one in Russia. The other four are being developed by American and European biotech and pharmaceutical companies.

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