Taiwan Headlines, Apr. 11, 2021

According to the Centers for Disease Control, those needing to travel abroad should be able to buy a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this month at the earliest.An expected 5,000 to 10,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are to be set aside for purchase by those with a specified need to travel–though they haven’t […]

Taiwan Headlines, Apr. 5, 2021

The shipment of the first batch of nearly 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines allocated to Taiwan through the global vaccine sharing program COVAX has arrived.1.02 million doses of AstraZeneca have been allocated to Taiwan through COVAX.On March 3, Taiwan took delivery of its first batch of vaccines: 117,000 doses purchased directly from AstraZeneca rather than through COVAX.Rollout […]

Taiwan Headlines, Apr. 4, 2021

Taiwan experienced its worse train accident in decades on April 2, when a Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) express train hit a crane truck on the track near the entrance to the Qingshui Tunnel in Hualien County.The first five carriages of the Taroko Express derailed and piled up inside the narrow, single-track tunnel, killing 50 people […]

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 26, 2021

Central Taiwan will be on “red” water alert. Digital ministry proposal. Big infrastructure budget. Economy “red” hot. KMT’s Hung supports PRC propaganda channel. MAC survey. Paraguay, Palau pressured to drop Taiwan. Taiwan supports anti-PRC united front. Lithuania wants trade office.

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 25, 2021

A public opinion poll has some interesting results with superficially contradictory results. Jaw Shaw-kong is making some unusual moves and stoking speculation on him and Dan Han. F-5 fighters in another crash. Taiwan’s economy continues to boom, setting more records.

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 22, 2021–transcript

A coalition of environmental activists has submitted over 700,000 signatures in support of a referendum to move the site of a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal over concerns of damage to an algae reef in Taoyuan.The signatures submitted easily surpass the second-stage legal threshold, so it will likely be on the ballot on Aug. […]

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 20, 2021

The AstraZeneca vaccine has completed locally required tests, and is expected to start being administered next Monday, initially to health care workers and staff.Meanwhile, Taiwan on Thursday confirmed six new imported cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 1,004 The government is planning a NT$160 billion (US$5.67 billion) infrastructure […]

Taiwan Healines, Mar. 13, 2021

The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday announced that it has dropped defamation cases against the Financial Times, the Central News Agency (CNA) president and others after Want Want China Times Media Group suddenly rescinded its lawsuits.The group in 2019 filed a lawsuit against the UK-based newspaper, the state-run news agency and two others over a […]

Taiwan Headlines, Mar. 12, 2021

Workers from other countries in Taiwan whose contracts are about to expire will be eligible to obtain a six-month extension, the Ministry of Labor’s (MOL) Workforce Development Agency has announced, citing the need to reduce international travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses that Taiwan received last week have to pass just […]