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Hundreds of Taiwanese book COVID-19 vaccination trips

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From Channel News Asia

TAIPEI: Hundreds of people from Taiwan eager to get the COVID-19 vaccine have booked tours to Guam after the US Pacific territory offered jabs to foreign visitors, a travel agency said on Friday (Jul 2). 

Guam, for which tourism is a major economic driver, has limited COVID-19 infections and a high vaccination rate among its local population. 

Dubbed "Air V&V" - vacation and vaccination - the new programme is primarily aimed at US expatriates in the Asia Pacific region, although other nationalities can join.

Participants can choose between the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Of the three, only Moderna is available in Taiwan as the island has been struggling to secure enough vaccine supplies.

Just 9 per cent of Taiwan's 23.5 million people had been vaccinated as of Thursday, according to the health ministry.

Lion Travel, one of the biggest tour operators in Taiwan, said all 439 slots in its first four packages to Guam starting on Jul 6 had been sold.

The packages cover flights and hotels, with prices starting at US$1,530, excluding the cost of COVID-19 tests.


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