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Taiwan donates 150,000 Covid-19 vaccines to Somaliland
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Taiwan donates 150,000 Covid-19 vaccines to Somaliland

Taiwan has announced that it will donate 150,000 doses of the Medigen COVID-19 vaccine to Somaliland as part of its continued assistance to combat the pandemic. The pledge was made after Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland head Wu Chen-chi and Somaliland Minister of Health Hassan Mohamed Ali Gafathi signed an agreement at an event in Somaliland's capital, Hargeisa. The donation is to be made as Africa faces a huge wave of cases of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, it said. Medigen is the only domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine that has received a EUA from the Food and Drug Administration. So far, no other country has granted Medigen an EUA. Medigen’s COVID-19 vaccine is undergoing clinical trials in Paraguay and is to take part in the Solidarity Trial Vaccines platform, an international clinical trial platform launched by the WHO and other groups. Somaliland declared independence from Somalia in 1991. It does not have formal diplomatic ties with any nation. In February last year, Taiwan and Somaliland signed an agreement to establish reciprocal representative offices. In October, Taiwan donated a batch of domestically produced oxygen generators to Somaliland. Previous donations from Taiwan of protective equipment and test kits have proved a lifeline in the de facto independent territory of 3.5 million people. “Taiwan has contributed more than 90 percent of COVID-19 supplies to Somaliland,” the Republic of Somaliland Representative Office in Taiwan said at the time. Ali Gafadhi praised the quality of the supplies from Taiwan. He promised to utilize the contributions to their fullest to combat the virus.