US to give millions of doses of Kovid-19 vaccine to other countries under President Joe Biden’s move Taiwan 750,000 doses of the vaccine. Three MPs told about this on Sunday. Taiwan has complained that China is hindering its effort to obtain vaccines amid the pandemic. China claims Taiwan as its own territory. Taiwan is facing a shortage of an anti-Covid-19 vaccine and Taiwan has geopolitical importance in US-China relations.
Democratic Party MP from Illinois Tammy Duckworth arrived in Taiwan with her two other colleagues
America will not leave alone
“I’m here to tell you that America will not leave you alone,” Duckworth said at the airport before boarding a US military plane. We will stand by the Taiwanese people in their needs during this pandemic and beyond. “We have come here as a friend because we know that Taiwan is facing a challenge right now,” he said. That is why it becomes especially important for the three of us to be here bipartisan.’
Help will reach under Couvex
Taiwan was also included in the list of countries receiving 25 million vaccine doses from the US last week. The Biden administration has said that under the first installment of 80 million doses of vaccines, these vaccines will be distributed to the countries of the world. Most of the low-income countries, including Taiwan, will be given these doses of the vaccine under the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative.
The island, with a population of 24 million, located about 160 km off the east coast of China, is keen to receive a vaccine after the sudden spike in the pandemic. Japan sent 1.2 million doses on Friday, withdrawing from the Kovax initiative, with the aim of quickly supplying vaccines to Taiwan. However, it is not yet clear when the 750,000 doses of the vaccine being shipped by the US will arrive.
Taiwan has accused China of obstructing its effort to strike a deal with BioNTech to import vaccines made by German company and US drugmaker Pfizer. China says it wants to supply BioNTech’s vaccine to Taiwan through Chinese subsidiary Fosan. The government of Taiwan has accused China of doing politics in the name of saving people’s lives. Taiwan’s law prohibits Chinese-made drugs.
China is hindering help
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu welcomed the three lawmakers at the airport and said he was “honoured” to welcome them and thanked them for their cooperation.
He said, ‘Taiwan is facing a different challenge in the war against infection. We are trying our best to import vaccine. We have to overcome barriers to ensure that these life-saving medicines are available to us without any barriers from Beijing.’ He alleged that China is constantly obstructing the way of foreign aid to Taiwan and preventing it from participating in the World Health Organization. “We are not unaware of such hindrances,” he said.
Wu said Taiwan is fortunate to have the support of like-minded countries and that it helps maintain the country’s independence and democracy in response to dictatorships.