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Taiwan Says U.S. Vaccine Aid Would Help Shield Chip Industry

  • Island has seen rising number of untraceable infections
  • Outbreak hasn’t yet affected semiconductor industry: Lee
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A senior Taiwan official said U.S. assistance securing more Covid-19 vaccines could serve to protect the critical semiconductor industry at a time of tight chip supplies globally and a rising number of coronavirus cases on the island.

“While for now the uptick hasn’t had an impact, if it lasts too long there could be logistical problems,” James Lee, director-general of Taipei’s cultural and economic office in New York, said in an interview Thursday. “That’s why it’s urgent. We hope the international community can help release vaccines as soon as possible to help control the outbreak.”