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COVID vaccines

Taiwan says request to drop 'country' preceded BioNTech vaccine deal collapse

Two sides were planning a press release on Jan. 8

Taiwan's Health Minister Chen Shih-chung announces the number of confirmed coronavirus disease cases at the daily press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, May 24.   © Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) -- Germany's BioNTech asked Taiwan to remove the word "country" from their planned joint announcement on a COVID-19 vaccine sale to the island, its health minister said, as he outlined the collapse of the deal which Taipei blames on China.

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