July 11, 2021
Taipei (Reuters) -Taiwanese chip maker TSMC said on Sunday that it was in the process of signing a contract to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine from Germany’s BioNTech SE, which is part of the pulled-out process for Taiwan to access shots. It was.
For months, the Taiwanese government has tried to buy vaccines directly from BioNTech, accusing China of claiming its territory as its own territory, denying the deal that both sides planned to sign earlier this year. China has denied the accusations.
Last month, in the face of public pressure that Taiwan’s vaccination program was slow, the government announced that Taiwan’s Foxconn billionaire founder Terry Goo and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) had vaccinated. Agreed to allow negotiations for. It will be donated to the Taiwanese government for distribution.
“There are multiple parties. We are in the process of signing a contract. We will announce when the process is complete,” TSMC said in a short email without giving details.
Gou spokesmen BioNTech and Fosun did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang, who told reporters later on Sunday, would only say that vaccine negotiations are underway.
“As soon as we get a clear result, we will of course report it to everyone.”
Sources told Reuters that Gou and TSMC have reached an initial agreement this month with a subsidiary of Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd, which has contracts with BioNTech to sell COVID-19 vaccines in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. ..
Both Gou and TSMC require 5 million doses each.
(Report by Ben Blanchard, additional report by Yimou Lee, edited by Lincoln Feast.)
TSMC says it is in the process of signing a contract for the BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
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