No impact on Taiwan as China joins COVAX: CECC

Taipei,  China’s joining of the global United Nations-backed COVID-19 vaccine alliance COVAX has not had any effect on Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Friday.

In response to a question on China’s participation in COVAX, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said Taiwan’s participation has followed scheduled procedures and no obstacles have been encountered so far.

China announced Friday in a statement issued by its permanent mission to the U.N. in Geneva that it signed an agreement with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi) on Thursday to officially join COVAX.

COVAX is co-led by GAVI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

After the signing Thursday, China is now the largest economy to pledge its support to the alliance, which aims to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines and to uphold their fair distribution.

According to COVAX, its initial aim is to have 2 billion doses available by the end of 2021, so that high risk and vulnerable people, as well as frontline health care workers can be better protected.

China has moved aggressively to keep Taiwan from participating in international organizations, but there have been no indications it has planned to create problems for Taiwan with COVAX.

Taiwan signed to join COVAX on Sept. 18, according to the CECC.

Taiwan reported three new imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number to 527 since the outbreak began at the end of last year, according to the CECC.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected more than 36.4 million people in 188 countries and regions and has caused over 1 million deaths, according to CECC statistics as of Friday.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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