TAIPEI: Terry Gou, the billionaire founding father of main Apple provider Foxconn, has requested BioNTech SE to order 30 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for Taiwan, saying he had obtained a “superb” response.
Taiwan’s quest to entry the vaccine, collectively developed with Pfizer, has dragged on for months, hampered by accusations from Taipei of political interference from Beijing, which claims the island as Chinese language territory. Beijing has denied the allegations.
Taiwan’s authorities subsequently allowed Gou, Foxconn – formally Hon Hai Precision Trade – in addition to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, to barter on its behalf for the shot. A US$350 million deal for 10 million photographs was inked final month, which will probably be donated to the federal government for distribution.
In a prolonged submit on his Fb web page late on Sunday (Aug 29), Gou mentioned he “had been promised” that eight million to 9 million doses would arrive this 12 months, with the primary photographs arriving in September.
He added that he had requested BioNTech to order 30 million doses for Taiwan for subsequent 12 months, and “at current have obtained an excellent response”.