Why Does Taiwan’s Exclusion Matter?
Taiwan and its supporters argue it is unfair to exclude 23 million Taiwanese from the world’s health body, especially during such a huge health crisis.
They also say global leaders and doctors could learn from the island’s expertise in combating the virus.
“No one should be treated as an orphan in the health network that the WHA should look after,” Taiwan Vice President Chen Chien-jen, a US-trained epidemiologist, told reporters on Thursday.
“The WHO attaches too much importance to politics and forgets about its professionalism and neutrality,” he added.
Taiwan’s exclusion has also raised questions about Beijing’s influence over the WHO.
This week the Trump administration accused the WHO of opting to “choose politics over public health” by being overly deferential to China.