Taiwan Health Minister reverses view on switching vaccine brands

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) reversed his previous view on mixing vaccine brands on Thursday and said that mixing vaccines could be “highly possible” in the future. (Photo courtesy of the Associated Press via NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) on Thursday reversed his previous view on switching vaccine brands amid the vaccination process, saying that mixing vaccine brands could be “highly possible” in the future.

Chen was responding to Kuomintang Legislator Tseng Ming-chung (曾銘宗), who asked at the Legislative Yuan that day whether Chen would agree to mix vaccines.

Having previously refuted Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je’s (柯文哲) suggestion to take AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccines first then Pfizer–BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, Chen appears to have changed his mind on the question.

Tseng remarked that many countries, including Germany, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, France, Spain and Canada, have mixed vaccine brands to boost immunization.

In this regard, Chen clarified that they have not made plans for mixing vaccines, but if more research and data is available in the future, they will continue to adapt and reconsider the situation.

As of right now, only recipients who experience allergic reactions to one vaccine brand may end up taking two brands of vaccines.