CORONAVIRUS/U.S. donates 1.5 million more COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan

10/31/2021 10:46 PM
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Taiwan’s representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim (second from right) poses in front of the China Airlines cargo plane carrying the vaccines on Sunday, before the flight
Taiwan’s representative to the U.S. Hsiao Bi-khim (second from right) poses in front of the China Airlines cargo plane carrying the vaccines on Sunday, before the flight's departure from Kentucky's Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. Photo from Hsiao's Facebook page

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Another 1.5 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the United States will arrive in Taiwan on Monday, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has announced.

"AIT looks forward to the arrival in Taiwan tomorrow of 1.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine donated by the U.S. government," the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan said in a Facebook post late Sunday.

"We are glad to be able to add to the 2.5 million doses of Moderna that the United States provided in June. These donations reflect our commitment to Taiwan, a vibrant democracy, valued partner, and trusted friend," it added.

The latest donation has increased to 4 million the total number of vaccine doses, all of the Moderna brand, donated by the U.S. to Taiwan.

The new donation was first reported earlier Sunday by Reuters, which cited an unnamed senior U.S. administration official as saying that Taiwan was a "vital partner" on global health issues and that "our vaccines do not come with strings attached" and were not donated to "secure favors or extract concessions."

Meanwhile, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States confirmed the vaccines were received by Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), Taiwan's representative to the U.S., on behalf of the government prior to their departure from Kentucky's Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport on the morning of Sunday.

"The vaccines are solid proof of America's unwavering commitment to help Taiwan and the world fight against the COVID-19 pandemic," TECRO said in a statement.

(By Y.F. Low)

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