Premier Su Tseng-chang has assured legislators that the government is doing all it can to secure COVID-19 vaccine doses. That came when Su answered lawmakers’ questions about a proposed stimulus spending plan at a legislative hearing on Wednesday.
Taiwan is currently facing its worst outbreak of COVID-19 since the pandemic started. The country is racing to get vaccine doses in order to control the disease’s spread.
Legislators from the opposition KMT allege that the government is dragging its feet when it comes to acquiring doses.
However, Su says that the government signed contracts to purchase vaccines last year, when COVID-19 was still under control in Taiwan. The premier says that there are now issues with vaccine production and transportation that are not exclusive to Taiwan. He says other countries have complained about the worldwide supply of vaccines.
Su asked for patience as the government tries to secure vaccine doses. He says that manufacturers themselves do not provide precise dates of delivery when signing vaccine purchase agreements. He says the government is working hard to make sure Taiwan gets the doses it needs.