US Boosts Taiwan’s COVID-19 Fight With 750,000 Vaccine Doses Amid China Row

TAIPEI—The United States will donate 750,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan as part of the country’s plan to share shots globally, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) said on Sunday, offering a much-needed boost to the self-ruled island’s fight against the pandemic. Taiwan is dealing with a spike in domestic cases but has been affected like many places by global vaccines shortages. Only around 3 percent of its 23.5 million people have been vaccinated. Taiwan has complained that Beijing, which is seeking to claim the democratically-ruled island as part if its territory, is trying to block the island from accessing vaccines internationally, which Beijing has denied. Speaking at Taipei’s downtown Songshan airport after arriving on a three-hour visit with fellow Sens. Dan Sullivan and Christopher Coons, Duckworth said Taiwan would be getting 750,000 doses as part of the first tranche of U.S. donations. “It was critical to the United States that …

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