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China’s Fosun Willing to Supply BioNTech Vaccine to Taiwan

  • Taiwan says it’s speaking with BioNTech directly on purchases
  • German developer caught up in two sides’ escalating tensions
Refrigerated shipping containers carrying the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma  at the Hong Kong International Airport on Feb. 27.

Refrigerated shipping containers carrying the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine imported by Fosun Pharma  at the Hong Kong International Airport on Feb. 27.

Photographer: Jerome Favre/EPA/Bloomberg

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The Chinese company with the deal to distribute BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine in “Greater China” says it’s willing to supply Taiwan, after the contested island suggested Beijing blocked it from securing the shot.

Speaking in an interview from Shanghai, Guo Guangchang, the chairman of Fosun International Ltd. -- whose medical arm has the deal with Germany’s BioNTech -- said the company “has the responsibility, duty and willingness to offer the best vaccine to the Greater China region, including Taiwan.” Guo said he hopes this “desire can soon be realized,” without elaborating further.