I think it goes without saying that Taiwan has only two choices:
- bend over and take whatever vaccine the CCP has to offer
- go through a middleman to access vaccines on the global market, because absolutely nobody will sell direct for fear of offending the feelings of the Chinese people.
The middleman is taking a cut in proportion to the risk he/she/it is taking. The costs of covering one’s ass against China’s state security apparatus must be considerable, and I imagine the identity of that middleman has been carefully obfuscated.
Reminds me of a story about the UK attempting to buy armaments (might have been aircraft?) from the US during WW2. Roosevelt told Churchill that any sales would be politically impossible, but perhaps someone might accidentally leave some kit on the Canadian border, how careless, tut tut. I’m guessing something similar is going on with Taiwan’s vaccine supply.