Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2021. 9:57 am CST.
By Zoila Palma: Taiwan has approved the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines and they may begin to administer shots on Monday, Reuters reports.
Earlier this month, Taiwan received 117,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines.
Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih Chung has indicated that Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration has cleared the vaccine for use.
Health workers in the country will receive their doses first, Chen said.
Last December, Taiwan had agreed to purchase 10 million AstraZeneca vaccines.
Meanwhile, over 12 European countries have suspended the use of the vaccine amid concerns of its safety.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has since issued a statement saying that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.
WHO recommended that vaccinations continue.
Taiwan has been hailed for keeping the pandemic under control and to date, only 24 people remain hospitalized for COVID-19 there.
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