TAIPEI (The China Post) — Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Wednesday assured those who chose to receive the Medigen vaccine (高端) that will not be banned from entering the U.S. even though it has yet to be recognized by U.S. health authorities.
The remark came in response to media reported that the recent shortage of vaccines has led many citizens and new migrants to turn to the domestically-developed Medigen vaccine.
However, the U.S. announced on Sept. 20 that starting in November, foreign travelers will be allowed into the country as long as they show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test.
Although this spells good news for some, Taiwanese citizens immediately pointed out that according to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. currently only recognizes Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
The announcement has led to an online backlash with many expressing concerns that they wouldn’t be able to enter U.S. borders if they received Medigen vaccines.
To this, Premier Su assured the public that they shouldn’t worry as Taiwanese are not among the 30 countries included in the U.S. restrictions.
Su vowed to increase the vaccination rate in Taiwan and expressed hope to achieve the goal of vaccinating 70% of the population with at least one vaccine dose by the end of October.