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Made in Taiwan COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by July 2021: Health Minister

Taiwan could begin administering its homemade COVID-19 vaccines as early as July, the health minister said, the island still awaiting for the arrival of imported vaccines to begin its immunization campaign.


Taiwan has kept the pandemic well under control thanks to early and effective prevention, with less than 40 active cases, but it has not yet received any vaccines from abroad.


Health Minister and Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung told the parliament human trials had begun for two vaccines separately developed by Taiwan-based Medigen Vaccine Biologics and United Biomedical Inc Asia.


"If everything goes well, we could start administering domestically-made vaccines in July," Chen said without elaborating.


Meanwhile, CECC published its COVID-19 vaccination priority list, as it prepares to begin a national immunization campaign. 

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