The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on April 21 that Taiwan would make its utmost effort to attend the May 22-28 World Health Assembly or WHA as an observer.

According to the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China kept blocking Taiwan from attending the annual World Health event in Geneva, Switzerland, for many years.

Taiwan has responded to the COVID-19 problem with swift steps, early deployment, practical actions, and openness, as it did in the 2003 SARS pandemic. These initiatives have formed the ‘Taiwan model’ for COVID-19 combat.

Global health experts should consider how Taiwan has successfully fought COVID-19 without significantly compromising fundamental freedoms and civil liberties.

Taiwan said on April 21 that diplomatic partners and nations with similar objectives had already shown their support for their cause.

In addition, Taiwan has collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Welfare to present its case through abroad offices and in the media.

Taiwan thanked the World Medical Association for addressing an open letter to WHO Director-General Tedros calling for Taiwan to be granted observer membership.

Taiwan spokeswoman Joanne Ou stated the COVID outbreak proves that the Taiwan government must join the global health community.

Taiwan’s request to be a World Health Assembly observer supports by a recent edition of Japan’s Diplomatic Bluebook.

Bluebook believes Taiwan is a friend, and the world’s healthcare map should not show any empty spots.

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