BioNTech had contracted with the Chinese company Fosun to develop its COVID-19 vaccine for mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. But Taiwan laws block the import of any vaccine from China.
Taiwan has for the first time directly accused China of blocking a deal with Germany’s BioNTech vaccine developer for COVID-19 jabs. At a ruling party meeting on Wednesday, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said:
‘We were close to completing the contract with the original German plant, but because of China’s intervention, up to now there’s been no way to complete it’.