Australia Fights To Open WHO Blocked by Beijing For Taiwan
Australia and other nations are targeting Beijing's installed blockades that prevent Taiwan from full participation in the World Health Organisation.
The representative offices of the Australia, US and Japan issued on Wednesday a joint call for Taiwan’s participation in the WHO, while highlighting the importance of universal access to effective vaccinations against Wuhan virus.
The 74th World Health Assembly commenced virtually on Monday, but Taiwan was excluded for a fifth consecutive year.
The American Institute in Taiwan, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association and the Australian Office in Taipei issued a joint statement reiterating their support for“Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the work of the World Health Organization, and Taiwan’s participation as an observer in the World Health Assembly.
Taiwan is experiencing a challenging time right now, as health authorities work diligently to counter its first significant threat from community transmission, the statement read.
Nonetheless, Taiwan’s early response to the emergence of the Wuhan virus, its rigorous testing strategies, robust border measures and its information transparency remain a public health success story, the author of the statement emphasised.
The pandemic has highlighted Taiwan’s capacity to research, develop, produce and supply effective treatments, including some promising vaccine candidates.
During the WHA’s sessions on Monday, Marshall Islands Minister of Health and Human Services Bruce Bilimon, St Kitts and Nevis Minister of Health Akilah Byron-Nisbett, Nauruan Minister of Health Isabella Dageago and Eswatini Minister of Health Lizzie Nkosi also called for Taiwan’s participation during two-on-two debates with the representatives of China and other countries.
Paraguayan Minister of Public Health and Social Welfare Julio Borba during a general discussion also backed Taiwan’s participation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday thanked the allies for voicing support for Taiwan, although their proposal pushing for Taiwan’s participation was not listed on the WHA’s formal agenda.