第5屆東南亞短片節將於8月25日至9月2日舉行，主辦單位表示，將以「No Home Movies」短片觀摩單元播映4部金穗獎短片。
東南亞短片節（SeaShorts Film Festival）由馬來西亞著名電影導演陳翠梅女士於2017年創辦，希望透過引進大量東南亞短片到馬來西亞放映以促進文化交流。每年主要活動項目包括短片競賽、短片觀摩、論壇及工作坊等。
東南亞短片節舉辦至今已放映超過420部短片，前3 屆短片節分別在馬來西亞國內3個不同城市舉辦。短片節是東南亞短片協會（SeaShorts Film Society）舉辦的年度大型活動之一，協會宗旨是希望以短片作為媒介促進東南亞不同文化間的欣賞與理解，以及展示優秀的短片作品。
Taiwan manages to grab BioNTech vaccine ‘abandoned’ by China
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Aug. 25) revealed that the Pfizer–BioNTech (BNT) COVID-19 vaccine will arrive ahead of schedule despite Chinese labeling after Taiwan was able to wrestle away a shipment away from a third country.
Health Minister and CECC head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) announced that the first batch of BioNTech doses is scheduled to arrive in late August, a month earlier than the original tentative delivery date. Chen said that Taiwan will accept the doses despite the fact that they are labeled with the name of BioNTech’s Chinese partner Fosun Pharma and the shot’s official brand name Comirnaty, both of which the government had expressly stated it did not want to be included on the packaging.
The vials and packaging are printed with simplified the Chinese characters 复必泰 (Comirnaty) and 复星医药 (Fosun Pharma) because the batch had originally been destined for another country. Chen said that although the labels are different from the originally agreed-upon parameters, the government will still accept the doses for the sake of expediency, provided they are shipped directly to Taiwan and that the quality is confirmed.
He said that after the doses arrive, they will be inspected and sealed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will only be distributed if they meet the safety standards.
Alluding to efforts to secure an early batch of the vaccines in Europe, Chen said that the government is grateful to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Foxconn’s YongLin Foundation, and the Tzu Chi Foundation for “working so hard during this period in Europe to strive for this early supply of vaccines for the Taiwanese people.”
On Wednesday, UDN reported that during his visit to the Czech Republic, Foxconn founder Terry Gou (郭台銘) realized that European countries were competing for a shipment of the vaccine. He engaged in the bidding process and apparently succeeded in securing a large batch for Taiwan ahead of schedule, with the original labels still intact. According to the report, an estimated 1.5 to 2 million doses will be part of the first wave later this month.
Reuters reported Wednesday that 1 million doses of the BioNTech vaccine will be headed to Taiwan in late August due to a delay in regulatory approval in China. The report cited a source as saying “Shanghai Fosun did not manage to get approval so they gave up their plan for vaccine imports.” The source added that Taiwan will be among a number of countries receiving orders “abandoned” by China.
According to the Liberty Times, Turkey was originally to receive 3 million doses of the vaccine rejected by China. However, it cited a high-level official as stating that the CECC was able to negotiate for nearly 2 million doses from the batch originally bound for Turkey.
The official said that the jabs will likely be delivered to Taiwan sometime between the end of August and early September. The precise shipment date is still pending approval by the European Union, according to the official.