Taiwan to accept WHO-approved jabs in ‘COVID-19 vaccine passport’ roll-out

26-Oct-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Taiwan has set out plans to carry out the “COVID-19 vaccine passport” that will pave the way for the country to open up its borders.

Health minister and head of the Central Epidemic Command centre Chen Shih-chung said in a legislative interpellation on Monday (October 25) the proposed scheme will recognise vaccines authorised for emergency use by Taiwan and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Currently, Taiwan has validated the use of AstraZeneca (AZ), Moderna, Pfiser-BioNTech (BNT), and homegrown Medigen jabs. Those approved by WHO include AZ, Moderna, BNT, Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Sinopharm, and Sinovac.

Chen said Taiwan will accept WHO-approved COVID shots but that there may be “exemptions.” This means the authorities can reject vaccines citing efficacy issues with scientific evidence, reported CNA.

Inoculation proof will be presented in digital forms, similar to the EU Digital COVID Certificate. Taiwan will push for mutual recognition of the digital pass with other countries, centered on the effectiveness and credibility of COVID vaccines as well as the methods of recognition, Chen added.



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