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COVID vaccines

Vaccines become political as Taiwan wakes up to COVID reality

President Tsai's approval rating drops as island struggles to procure doses

A nurse administers a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to a health care worker on June 2 in Taipei.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- As Taiwan prepared for another weekend under semi-lockdown, the iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper lit up on Friday to thank Japan for the speedy delivery of 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca following a round of secret negotiations.

Thousands of Taiwanese also flocked to social media to thank Japan amid anxiety over how Taiwan will contain its worst outbreak since the pandemic began.

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