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Taiwan needs to vaccinate 60 percent of its population to safely open its border: Experts

Taiwan will need to vaccinate at least 60 percent of its population to achieve herd immunity and safely reopen to the outside world, according to experts.

Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that strict border control will remain in place until the national vaccination rate rises.

"Of course we wish to relax some of these quarantine rules, but the point is we in Taiwan must have stronger protection first," CECC head and Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said.

Around 40 percent of Taiwan's population of 23.5 million people have received a first vaccine shot, but less than 3 percent have had the two shots needed to be fully vaccinated.

Taiwan's COVID-19 control measures, its borders have been closed to non-nationals, except for those who have residency or special permission to enter since March 19, 2020.

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