U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said today that as part of the global vaccine distribution plan, the United States will donate 750,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to Taiwan.
Taiwan is facing a surge in the number of infections, but it is also hit by a lack of vaccines. Taiwan only received 3% of its 23.5 million population, and most people received only the first dose of the vaccine.
Duckworth pointed out that Taiwan will receive 750,000 doses of vaccine as part of the first delivery donated by the United States. Duckworth said after arriving at Songshan Airport in downtown Taipei and after a brief visit with other Senators Dan Sullivan and Christopher Kuhns.
Duckworth said at the press conference: “It is very important for the United States to include Taiwan in the first group of vaccinated groups, because we recognize your urgent needs and thank our partnership.”
She did not specify when and which vaccines will be provided to Taiwan.
Senators arriving in Taiwan on U.S. Air Force ships will also meet with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen to discuss security and other issues.
Taiwan complained to China, which claimed this democratic island as its territory, that it tried to prevent Taiwan from purchasing vaccines from international sources, but Beijing refused.
Japan on Friday provided Taiwan with 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine free of charge, almost twice the number of vaccines Taiwan has received so far.