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COVID vaccines

Taiwan says China blocked its deal with BioNTech for COVID shots

Beijing denies such action and offers to provide island itself as 'goodwill'

Taiwa wants to secure more doses of COVID-19 vaccines as infection cases surge.   © Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Taiwan directly accused China for the first time on Wednesday of blocking a deal with Germany's BioNTech SE for COVID-19 vaccines, in an escalating war of words after Beijing offered the shots to the island via a Chinese company.

Taiwan has millions of vaccine doses on order, from AstraZeneca and Moderna, but has received only slightly more than 700,000 to date, and has only been able to vaccinate about 1% of its population as cases surge.

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