Novavax says Taiwan has opted to get the firm's Covid vaccine via COVAX

  • Taiwan has chosen to get the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine via the COVAX global sharing scheme for lower-income countries, the company said on Friday, which would add much-needed additional shots to the island's immunization program.
  • Taiwan's vaccine orders include 4.76 million doses from COVAX, though so far it has only received slightly more than 600,000 from the scheme, all AstraZeneca shots.
  • Novavax, in an emailed statement, said it already had an agreement to supply its vaccine to the COVAX facility.

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Taiwan has chosen to get the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine via the COVAX global sharing scheme for lower-income countries, the company said on Friday, which would add much-needed additional shots to the
island's immunization program.

Taiwan's vaccine orders include 4.76 million doses from COVAX, though so far it has only received slightly more than 600,000 from the scheme, all AstraZeneca shots.

Novavax, in an emailed statement, said it already had an agreement to supply its vaccine to the COVAX facility.

"Taiwan has opted to receive doses of NVX-CoV2373 through COVAX," it said, referring to the vaccine's name and without giving details.

Taiwan's health minister said this week the government had been in talks with Novavax, though also did not provide details in terms of numbers or a timeline.

Taiwan has struggled to speed up its vaccination program due to global supply shortages, with only around 8% of its 23.5 million people having received at least one of the two-dose vaccine regimen as it deals with a cluster of domestic infections.

Last month, Japan donated 1.24 million AstraZeneca doses and the United States 2.5 million Moderna doses to Taiwan to help speed up vaccinations.

Novavax said last month its Covid-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective, including against a variety of concerning variants of the coronavirus in a large, late-stage U.S.-based clinical trial.

The study of nearly 30,000 volunteers in the United States and Mexico puts Novavax on track to file for emergency authorization in the United States and elsewhere in the third quarter of 2021, the company said.

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