TSMC and Foxconn , Through the later Yonglin Foundation, unite against COVID-19 Acquired and donated 10 million doses of BioNTech vaccine to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
This is the latest technology company to directly participate in the ongoing global vaccination work, theoretically enough to vaccinate about 5 million Taiwanese citizens. The donated vaccine is expected to be delivered in September and will be distributed according to the vaccination plan of the Ministry of Health and Welfare of Taiwan. The supply agreement is worth approximately US$350 million.
As countries around the world continue to fight to ensure a steady stream of vaccines for their citizens throughout the market, the joint action of TSMC and Foxconn should be sufficient to ensure that approximately 20% of Taiwan’s population (currently approximately 23 million) are vaccinated, making it The 17th most densely populated country in the world.
Despite such high population density, Taiwan has so far successfully avoided the worst COVID-19 scenario, as the country currently has 14,005 registered cases (of which 1,113 recovered citizens and 549 deaths). However, as a new highly infectious virus strain, the best way to control future infections is vaccination-and Taiwan is seriously lacking in this regard, because the latest data shows that only 0.3% of the population is currently vaccinated.
Both TSMC and Foxconn can achieve operational safety through this move. The vaccinated employees not only caused less harm to operational efficiency, but also caused less harm to the epidemic prevention of the two companies’ usual packaging production facilities. Especially TSMC has highly specialized technical personnel, Currently under government investigation After three of its employees were diagnosed with the virus.
Therefore, Wang Pisheng, one of Taiwan’s most important COVID-19 experts, was sent to the company’s Hsinchu base on Monday. Taiwan’s CDC explained the decision with TSMC’s strategic importance, stating that “TSMC has a large workforce and the company is Taiwan’s most important chip supplier.”
I hope that this suspected epidemic can be brought under control as soon as possible, first of all for the health of workers and their families. However, if the two companies are severely affected by the COVID outbreak before a large number of workers and their loved ones can be vaccinated, the supply lines for various chips and components are already tight, which may lead to larger and more permanent shortages in many industries.