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COVID vaccines

Japan looks to send surplus AstraZeneca shots to Taiwan

Tokyo holds talks with drugmaker to eliminate no-transfers clause

A doctor receives a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in Taoyuan, Taiwan.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan has entered into talks with AstraZeneca to supply a portion of its share of the company's coronavirus vaccine to Taiwan as the island struggles with a spike in cases.

Japan's agreement with AstraZeneca for 120 million doses of the two-shot vaccine includes a clause barring vaccines from being transferred to other destinations -- a stipulation found in many COVID-19 vaccine contracts. The health ministry is negotiating with AstraZeneca to modify the contract to allow shipments to Taiwan.

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