Taiwan protests exclusion from WHO flu vaccine meeting in Beijing

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/03/03
By: Yu Kai-hsiang and Emerson Lim

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Taipei, March 3 (CNA) Taiwan was unable to attend a recent World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on flu vaccines because of political interference from China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday, expressing dissatisfaction with the invitation process.

The ministry said Taiwan received a letter of invitation to the WHO consultation meeting on the Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines at 1 a.m. on Feb. 20, the same day it was due to be held in Beijing.

Because the invitation arrived so late, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) could not send any representatives to Beijing for the meeting, MOFA said.

Through its representative office in Geneva, Taiwan has filed a protest with the WHO secretariat, MOFA said.    [FULL  STORY]

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