Taiwan donates locally made vaccine to Somaliland in the bond of “brothers”


Taiwan has given Somaliland more than 150,000 locally produced Medigen vaccines, emphasizing the “solid brother” diplomatic relations between the two countries, the Taiwanese representative of Somaliland said on Monday.

Vaccine doses were announced on Monday during a meeting between Taiwanese ambassador Allen Lu and Somaliland Health Minister Hassan Mohammed Ali Gaffadi, who arrived at Egal International Airport, according to a statement. Diplomat Horn..

This is the first time Taiwan has donated a domestic vaccine to the international community as part of an effort to help Somaliland fight the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the new coronavirus.

“This 150,000 donations of Taiwan-made COVID-19 vaccine show not only the strong brotherhood between Taiwan and Somaliland, but also the spirit of” health for all “and” Taiwan can help “. “Masu,” said the Taiwan Representative Office. On Twitter.

Taiwan said it has been supplying medical masks, oxygen generators, antigen quick test kits, and other medicines to the isolated Somaliland region of Somalia since the beginning of the pandemic.

Vaccine donations were made in response to the emergence of Omicron variants in Africa. Medigen is a protein subunit vaccine developed by Taiwan-based Medigen Vaccine Biologics and has received limited international recognition.

Representatives from the United Kingdom and the United States also called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to include Taiwan in its annual meeting, citing the important role of autonomous islands in the fight against the global epidemic.

France and Japan also emphasized the importance of inclusiveness and supported Taiwan’s participation in the conference by keeping the country from being left behind by the global health network, Taiwan’s local media said in Taiwan’s foreign affairs. I quoted a source from the ministry and reported it.

Taiwan has been excluded from most global organizations such as WHO due to opposition from China, which considers the autonomous island to be one of its states.

Somaliland, like Taiwan, is not widely recognized internationally for its independence. The Somaliland Autonomous Region collapsed in 1991, proclaiming independence from Somalia.

Both China and Somalia have expressed opposition to building a relationship between Taiwan and Somaliland. In Africa, only a small Eswatini maintains a perfect relationship with Taiwan.

Taiwan and Somaliland set up representative offices in each other’s capitals in 2020. The two countries will also sign a medical cooperation agreement in June last year, enabling Taiwan to provide medical services and train personnel in Somaliland.

The US Senate passed a bill last August and urged the State Department to help Taiwan regain its position as an observer at WHO.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.