Taiwan receives first batch of Pfizer vaccines

Taiwan received its first batch of Pfizer vaccines Thursday after a prolonged purchasing process that gave rise to a political blame game with China.The flight carrying the first 930,000 doses arrived at Taoyuan International Airport on Thursday morning.Even their arrival has been dogged by politics.Taiwan had been unable to buy the vaccine itself directly from BioNTech, the German company that had partnered with U.S.-based Pfizer to develop the mRNA vaccine.Taiwan's president earlier accused China of blocking Taiwan from getting the Pfizer vaccine through BioNTech, saying that they had all but signed the contracts when the deal was delayed indefinitely.China has denied any interference.

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