U.S. Supports Calls For Taiwan Observer Status During World Health Assembly

Associated Press: U.S. backs calls for Taiwan to get role at U.N. health assembly
“The United States is backing calls for Taiwan to be granted observer status at the U.N. health agency’s biggest annual gathering, the U.S. health secretary said Monday. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar spoke to reporters in Geneva on the sidelines of the start of the World Health Organization’s annual assembly, which China’s government has prevented Taiwan from attending. China claims sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan…” (5/20).

VOA News: China Bars Taiwan From World Health Assembly
“Taiwan is protesting China’s decision to exclude the island from participation in the annual World Health Assembly, calling such action an unjustified political move that could harm global health. … This move is particularly ironic this year, as the theme of the assembly is universal health coverage. Taiwan’s national health system is widely considered one of the best in the world. Taiwan’s minister of health and welfare, Chen Shih-chung, says the island is ready to share its experiences on how to achieve affordable, efficient universal health coverage with the global community…” (Schlein, 5/20).