Reuters

Helped by TSMC and Foxconn, BioNTech vaccines finally reach Taiwan

Taiwan has blamed China, which claims the island as its own territory, for nixing an original order from the German firm this year – charges Beijing has angrily denied. Taiwan’s government then allowed major Apple Inc supplier Foxconn – formally Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd – as well as its high-profile billionaire founder, Terry Gou, along with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd, to negotiate on its behalf for the doses. A cargo flight from Luxembourg carrying the vaccines landed at Taiwan’s main international airport at Taoyuan, outside of Taipei, at 7 a.m. (2300 GMT), and was met on the tarmac by Health Minister Chen Shih-chung and Sophie Chang, the TSMC Charity Foundation’s chairwoman and Gou’s cousin.

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