Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen received the first injection this Monday of the Medigen vaccine against COVID-19, which was developed and manufactured in the Asian country.
After the first puncture, Tsai informed the local media that she had not even felt the needle and posed in front of the graphic media with a yellow vaccination certificate and thumbs up, according to the official Central News Agency.
As of Monday, Taiwan began shipping the Medigen vaccine nationwide, and along with the president, several officials have come to receive the first dose as a token of support for the national product.
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported this Sunday that nearly 40 percent of Taiwan’s 23.5 million residents received their first injection from AstraZeneca or Moderna, even though only three percent have the full guideline, according to German agency DPA.
Taiwan has purchased more than 10.7 million doses of doses for COVID-19, according to the CECC, and thanks to the appearance of Medigen, more will be available in the near future, which will help increase the vaccination rate significantly.
For her part, Tsai posted a message on her social networks thanking health workers for helping with the vaccination and declaring that she did not experience any side effects.
Since the pandemic began, Taiwan has reported a total of 15,926 coronavirus infections, while 828 deaths from the disease were recorded this Sunday.