KEY POINTS

  • The woman received the vaccinations between April and September
  • She tested positive for COVID-19 in November
  • Taiwan has fully vaccinated more than 30% of its total population

A Taiwanese woman in her 40s has tested positive for COVID-19 even after being fully vaccinated with two vaccine brands.

A woman, whose name was not released by the Taiwanese government, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Nov. 2 despite being fully vaccinated. The woman had received two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and two doses of Pfizer vaccine between April and September.

The woman was the first patient recorded to have experienced a breakthrough COVID infection with the exact combination of vaccine brands and doses. The country has also recorded one case where an individual who received four doses of the Pfizer vaccine tested positive for the virus, according to Taiwan News.

The report comes as Taiwanese health officials recorded six new COVID-19 cases nationwide Sunday. The new infections included four Taiwanese nationals between the ages of 20 and 60 who recently returned from foreign countries, including the U.K., Thailand, the U.S. and Myanmar.

Two other infections occurred in a Russian visiting the country and an Indonesian in his 40s.

Five of the six individuals were said to have arrived in Taiwan between Oct. 17 and Oct. 30 and tested positive upon arrival or during their mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The Indonesian had been working on a ship that docked in Taiwan on Oct. 29 when he tested positive for COVID-19, according to Focus Taiwan.

The number of daily novel coronavirus cases in the country remains low. As of Nov. 1, Taiwan had a rolling seven-day average of six COVID-19 daily cases. At least 41 new cases were reported over the past week, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed infections to 16,417.

Taiwan has reported a total of 847 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. No new deaths were reported over the past week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

As of Nov. 1, the Taiwanese government vaccinated 72.46% of its total population. Of the number of vaccinations, 33.10% are fully vaccinated while 39.36% have only received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to Our World in Data.

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