The delivery more than triples Washington’s previous allocation of gunfire on the island, amid tensions between the United States and China.
The United States has announced that 2.5 million doses of COVID vaccine were targeted at Taiwan, more than tripling Washington’s previous allocation of gunfire on the island, which has faced growing political and military pressure from the United States. China.
Washington, which competes with Beijing to deepen geopolitical influence through so-called “vaccine diplomacy,” had initially promised to give 750,000 doses to Taiwan, but increased that number as President Joe Biden’s administration moved forward. its commitment to send 80 million shots to the United States worldwide.
Wheels up! Our donation of 2.5 million doses of vaccine is on its way to Taiwan, the healthcare partnership with the US helped save lives here and around the world. @EstatDep he is proud to support you @POTUS‘Commitment to help the world defeat COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/J0rgy753bs
– Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) June 19, 2021
China expressed its fury earlier this month when U.S. senators visited Taiwan and announced vaccine donation amid slow-fire tensions between Washington and Beijing.
“Wheels up! Our donation of 2.5 million doses of vaccine is on its way to Taiwan, ”State Department spokesman Ned Price wrote on Saturday.
China, which considers Taiwan an integral part of its territory, has repeatedly offered to send coronavirus vaccines to the island, which has been battling an increase in domestic infections. Taipei has expressed concern about the safety of Chinese gunfire.
– Tsai Ing-wen Tsai Ing-wen (@iingwen) June 19, 2021
Beijing has exerted economic, military and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan in recent years and keeps it out of international bodies such as the World Health Organization.
Washington remains Taiwan’s largest ally, but does not maintain full diplomatic relations with Taipei because it officially recognizes Beijing.
Until recently, Taiwan had received praise for its treatment of the pandemic, recording only a handful of deaths.
But cases have skyrocketed after an outbreak that began with airline pilots.
“Thanks to the #US for this touching gesture of friendship. These vaccines will go a long way in keeping #Taiwan safe and healthy, “Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on Twitter.