US donates 2.5 million doses of Kovid-19 vaccine to Taiwan

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The cargo plane owned by Taiwanese airline China Airlines, departing from Memphis, United States, reached the island of Taiwan yesterday with vaccines.

2.5 million doses of the Kovid-19 vaccine developed by the Moderna company have been delivered to government officials in Taiwan.

Taiwan has ordered around 5 million doses of the vaccine from Moderna, but has received only 390,000 doses to date. The US administration had pledged to send 750,000 doses of vaccine to the island this month.

The fact that Washington is giving 3 times the amount it has committed is considered important not only in terms of public health, but also in terms of new geopolitical balances that the Biden administration is trying to establish with China in the Pacific region.

The United States does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but can cooperate in the commercial, cultural and military fields under the “Taiwan Relations Act”.


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Brent Christensen, director of the American Taiwan Institute, which is the United States’ de facto representative in Taiwan, said in a statement regarding vaccine delivery: “The vaccines are proof of US support for Taiwan. Taiwan is a member of the global family of democratic countries. used the expression.

Taiwanese head of government Tsai Ing-wen also posted a statement on Facebook, stressing that the two countries share democratic values: “We will continue to have common ideas and work together to fight the virus, whether for regional stability or the common enemy of all mankind. ”makes its assessment.

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