The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) under the U.S. Congress announced in a report released Tuesday that Taiwan was excluded from the World Health Organization (WHO) for “political reasons” which resulted in the detriment of the world’s health. The report also pointed at the “critical delays” shown by the WHO that resulted in lives lost.
美國國會授權成立的美中經濟暨安全檢討委員會（US-China Economic and Security Review Commission，USCC）今天以「北京的致命遊戲：疫情期間將台灣排除在世衛之外的後果」為題，發布報告探討世界衛生組織（WHO）排除台灣帶來的影響。
The report, titled “Beijing’s Deadly Game: Consequences of Excluding Taiwan from the World,” further warned of the consequences of Taiwan’s WHO exclusion.
The USCC remarked that China had pressured and conspired with the WHO to exclude Taiwan and ignored virus-related information provided by Taiwan when the virus first broke out.
While the world was working on combating Covid-19, Beijing also launched military exercises to threaten Taiwan and deployed military aircraft carriers that crossed the Taiwan Strait three times earlier this year.
The report pointed out that the WHO has impacted global health and 2.3 million Taiwanese by excluding Taiwan from the organization. By today, the virus has spread to 185 countries, causing over 4 million people being infected and 290,000 people dead. The results show that China’s influence over the WHO has caused fatal repercussions worldwide.
Taiwan’s exclusion from the WHO has “undermined the national security of the very member states trusting it for authoritative public health guidance.”
“Had the WHO allowed Taiwan’s health experts to share information and best practices in early January, governments around the world could have had more complete information on which to base their public health policies,” the report said.
“The lives lost as a result of these missteps offer a tragic reminder of how global health is compromised by the WHO’s politically-motivated exclusion of Taiwan,” it added.
As of today’s tally, Taiwan has reported 440 confirmed COVID-19 cases, among which only 55 were categorized as local transmissions, demonstrating Taiwan’s effectiveness in virus-prevention.
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