President Tsai to get her first shot of Taiwan-made vaccine next Monday
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (right) looks at samples with Medigen CEO Charles Chen during visit to company in Hsinchu last year. (Taiwan Presidentia… Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (right) looks at samples with Medigen CEO Charles Chen during visit to company in Hsinchu last year. (Taiwan Presidential Office photo)
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will receive her first dose of a locally developed COVID-19 vaccine next Monday (Aug. 23).
In a statement made on Monday (Aug. 16), Presidential Office Spokesperson Xavier Chang (張惇涵) said Tsai had registered to receive the Medigen vaccine via a government platform that morning, when the opportunity to book first become available, according to a CNA report.
She is scheduled to receive the jab on Monday morning — the first day the Medigen vaccine will be administered, Chang said.
Staffers will plan the president’s inoculation route at the vaccination site in accordance with security protocol and COVID-19 prevention measures to avoid inconveniencing others getting the vaccine, Chang said.
The vaccine, developed by the Taiwan-based Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp., was granted emergency use authorization (EUA) in July despite having yet to go through Phase 3 trials to verify its efficacy against the virus. The EUA was granted due to the amount of antibodies the vaccine generated in trial subjects, according to Taiwan’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) will also soon register for his own Medigen vaccine shot, according to Chang.
Lai did not register for the Medigen vaccine early because he was originally waiting for another local vaccine, developed by United Biomedical Inc. Asia, Chang said. However, the FDA announced on Monday its decision to deny an EUA to this vaccine, saying it had not met the antibody standard in its Phase 2 clinical trials.
Taiwan president praises nation’s record-breaking Olympians
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday (Aug. 6) praised Taiwan’s performance in the Tokyo Olympics and said the nation will continue its sports training efforts to develop an even more competitive athletic environment.
Tsai noted in a Facebook post that Taiwan’s athletes have so far won two golds, four silvers, and six bronzes, for a total of 12 medals. This figure has surpassed the sum of the nation’s last three Olympic medal counts, she said, adding that this year’s performance has attracted the attention of international media and friends.
The president attributed this year’s unprecedented Olympic success to athletes’ hard work, guidance from coaches, and a comprehensive logistics support team. She also said the National Sports Training Center has made significant improvements to its facilities and bolstered the sports science team’s support for athletes, calling it a “truly indispensable” asset.
Additionally, Tsai said the “Golden Plan” proposed by the Ministry of Education’s Sports Administration in 2018 and implemented in 2019 has achieved notable results. “I want to thank all the partners who have dedicated themselves to this,” she said.
After the Olympics conclude, Taiwan will continue its sports policies to strive for more athletic success in the future, the president said. She added that she looks forward to everyone’s continued participation in fostering sports culture in the country.
President Tsai offers help after deadly Haiti earthquake
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday offered Taiwan’s support after a deadly 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck in Haiti.
“I am devastated by the news of a serious earthquake in south and southwest Haiti,” President Tsai Ing-wen said to Twitter.
I am devastated by the news of a serious earthquake in south & southwest Haiti, and on behalf of the people & government of Taiwan want to express our deepest condolences to everyone affected. Taiwan stands ready to assist Haiti in rescue & recovery efforts. — 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) August 15, 2021
“On behalf of the people & government of Taiwan, I want to express our deepest condolences to everyone affected, she added.
The president stressed that Taiwan stands ready to assist Haiti in rescue and recovery efforts.
The powerful earthquake killed at least 304 people and injuring at least 1,800 others as buildings tumbled into rubble.