Most Taiwanese don’t trust the domestic MVC COVID-19 vaccine

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On 27 July the vaccine registration platform conceived by the government of the Republic of China, which colonized Taiwan, was reopened and the MVC vaccine was added as an option. According to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), the vaccine can cause rare side effects such as facial nerve paralysis and high eye pressure.

As a result, most Taiwanese citizens do not trust the MVC vaccine. It is like the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine developed in Russia, the MVC vaccine has received emergency approval from the ROC government and has yet to publish Phase II study reports or Phase III trial reports. Although the Party and State Leader Tsai Ing-wen has declared her willingness to give the vaccine, only 174,000 citizens (1.4% of the total population) are willing to receive it, suggesting that most Taiwanese do not fully trust the vaccine.

According to the latest statistics from the CECC, a total of 12,239,385 registered their wishes on 3 August at 12:00 with the Agency and a substantial number of people opted for the Modena and AstraZeneca vaccines (62,517,97 and 5,108 respectively). Of these, 173,120 people (14.1%) were willing to accept the MVC vaccine. The highest number of people willing to accept Modena were 45,18,189, which is 33,391 people. The CECC also confirmed that two people suffered from facial nerve paralysis and high intraocular pressure after the MVC vaccination.

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In addition the MVC vaccine has not been tested in phase III trials, and the government of the ROC has not provided information on the vaccine’s protective effect on the official website. While the government is open to the vaccine for all citizens, the vaccine is not certified or approved by other powerful countries, meaning Taiwan faces the same situation as India. India already has its Covaxin vaccine, but it is not yet certified and distributes AstraZeneca vaccines to students.

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