The United States Senator Tammy Duckworth said on Sunday that as part of the country’s plan to share COVID-19 vaccine doses globally, the US will grant 750,000 shots to Taiwan, offering a boost to the island’s battle against the pandemic.
Taiwan is witnessing a spike in domestic cases but has been impacted like many places by global vaccines shortages. Only around 3 percent of its 23.5 million people have been inoculated, with most getting only the first shot of two needed.
Duckworth said at Taipei’s downtown Songshan airport after arriving on a three-hour visit with fellow Senators Dan Sullivan and Christopher Coons, 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 Taiwan be involved in the first group to receive vaccines because we recognize your urgent need and we value this partnership,” she said at a news conference after the group arrived from South Korea.