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Moderna enters supply agreement for COVID-19 vaccine with Taiwan, Colombia

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Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Moderna Inc saidon Tuesday it had entered supply agreements for its COVID-19vaccine with the governments of Taiwan and Colombia for fivemillion doses and 10 million doses, respectively.

"The COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna is not currently approved foruse in Taiwan or Colombia, and the Company will work withregulators to pursue necessary approvals prior to distribution",Moderna said in a statement.

Deliveries would begin in mid-2021, the company added.

Late in December, Taiwan said it had agreed to buy almost 20million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including 10 million from UKdrugmaker AstraZeneca Plc, with the first shots to startarriving from March.

Last week, Germany ducked an appeal by Taiwan for its helpto supply COVID-19 vaccines, as the Asian tech powerhouse'srequest for assistance following Berlin's plea to ease asemiconductor supply crunch in the auto industry riskedprovoking China's ire.(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by LincolnFeast.)