Japan ends distribution of AstraZeneca COVID vaccines with the last of the shots destroyed

Japan has discarded some 13.5 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, as all of the remaining shots supplied by the British pharmaceutical company have expired, the health ministry announced on Sept. 30, according to Japan’s leading daily newspaper, The Mainichi , October 1, 2022. “Japan is officially ending the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine,” the report said, while explaining that the Japanese government had signed up to purchase 120 million doses of the product in December 2020. Only 200,000 doses

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High school student commended for using his body as human shield to protect grandmother during earthquake

A high school student who shielded his grandmother when a destructive 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Taiwan 11 days ago was awarded a certificate of commendation for filial piety today, September 26, and his actions will become part of the curriculum in his school’s moral education course. Video footage of Qin Tangyan using his body as a human shield to protect his grandmother when the earthquake shook the family’s 6th-floor apartment in Kaohsiung City at 9:41 pm, September 17, went

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43 people trapped by rising stream: weather bureau warns extremely torrential rain on the way

More than forty people in 17 vehicles are trapped in a streambed at a popular hot springs camping area in a mountain district of Yilan County this morning, and the Central Weather Bureau has issued an extremely heavy rain advisory for the area. Liberty Times Network reported that a large number of tourists camped on the Qingshui River next to the Qingshui Geothermal Recreation Area in Datong Township last night when “unexpectedly” heavy rain began to fall, causing the creek

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148 schools report damage after 6.4, 6.8 magnitude quakes strike Taiwan

Taiwan’s Ministry of Education reported that 148 schools around the country had reported damage after a series of earthquakes struck the east coast over the weekend, with two quakes over magnitude 6. More than 140 earthquakes have shaken Taiwan since the first, a magnitude 6.4 tremblor, struck in the north of Taitung County Saturday evening. More than 70 aftershocks were felt Saturday night and Sunday before a destructive 6.8 magnitude quake struck in Chishang Township at 2:44 pm. As of

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4 people rescued from collapsed building after destructive earthquake strikes eastern Taiwan

Firefighters in Hualien County successfully located and extracted four injured people after a building collapsed when a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the area today, Sunday, September 18. Hualien County Fire Department sent a search and rescue team to the scene of the disaster in Yuli township after receiving reports that a three-storey mixed commercial and residential building collapsed after the earthquake struck at 2:44 pm. Staff and customers of a 7-11 convenience store on the first floor had all evacuated the

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Prosecutors request death penalty for killer of two police officers

Prosecutors in Tainan City requested the death penalty for a man charged with stabbing to death two police officers last month, revealing chilling details of the suffering the officers endured in their last moments of life, and the suspected killer’s coldblooded disregard for his victims. According to the results of the prosecutor’s investigation announced today, September 7, shortly before noon on August 22, police officers Tu Ming-cheng (凃明誠), 36, and Tsao Jui-chieh (曹瑞傑), 27, drove a police car to Taijiang Avenue

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Taiwan insurance companies suffer heavy losses on COVID and vaccine policy payouts

Some of Taiwan’s largest insurance companies have applied for capital reserve funding increases and short term loans to cover losses to the tune of more than NT$80 billion as Covid-19 and COVID vaccine insurance claims continue to pour in, the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) said yesterday, September 6. The FSC Insurance Bureau reported that from the beginning of the year to September 5, there had been more than 1.7 million claims settled on COVID-19 insurance and more than 386,000 claims

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3 workers dead after crane boom touches power lines in Tainan City

Firefighters found the charred remains of three men after extinguishing a fire that consumed a crane truck in Qigu District, Tainan City this morning, September 6. Tainan City Fire Bureau received reports that a truck was on fire after the crane boom came into contact with high voltage electricity lines on a fish farm 500 meters from the Liukong Wharf at 7:56 am. Firefighters arriving at the scene waited until Taipower personnel turned off the power before deploying water to

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Land warning issued as Typhoon Hinnamnor strengthens, approaches northeastern Taiwan

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued a land warning for Typhoon Hinnamnor at 2:30 am this morning as the storm circle is expected to brush the northeast coast, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to Yilan County, Taipei, and Keelung starting this evening. The northwest Pacific’s 11th named tropical storm for 2022, and the strongest so far this year, Hinnamnor was located 420 kilometers east-northeast of Point Eluanbi at 8:00 am this morning moving north-northwest at 16 kilometers per hour. The

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Weather Bureau issues maritime warning, rain and wind advisories as Typhoon Hinnamnor hovers

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued a sea typhoon warning covering waters to the east, south and north of the island as moderate typhoon Himmanmor hovered around 470 kilometers east of Taiwan’s southernmost point this morning, Friday, September 2. The CWB issued the sea warning at 8:30 am for northeastern waters, eastern waters including Orchid Island and Green Island, and the Bashi Channel. The CWB pointed out that typhoon Himmanmor had weakened to a moderate typhoon with a central pressure of

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Retired tech exec to invest NT$1 billion to train 3 million civilians to help defend Taiwan against China

The founder and former chairman of chip manufacturer United Microelectronics (UMC) has pledged to invest NT$1 billion (US$32.8 million) to train 300,000 specialist marksmen, and 3 million “black bear warriors” to actively assist with regional defense in the face of growing threats from the People’s Republic of China. Robert Tsao revealed the plan at an international press conference held this morning, September 1, saying that the civilian force will cooperate with the soldiers of the national army to form an

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