AGAINST THE ODDS: The vice president said the event was significant because China has obstructed Taiwan’s efforts to share its medical achievements with the world
Date: Nov 04, 2019
By: Chen Chien-chih and William Hetherington / Staff reporter, with staff writer
A Guinness World Record was set yesterday as 3,000 Taiwanese born through in vitro fertilization(IVF) gathered in Taichung to form a map of the world.
Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) told the gathering that it was advances in medical science that made such a large number of IVF births possible.
The event was especially significant due to China’s political pressure, which obstructs Taiwan from sharing its achievements in medical science and immunology with the world through participation in the WHO and other international medical organizations, Chen said.
The nation’s IVF achievements have also played a role in its relationships with Southeast Asian nations, he said, adding that Taiwan has helped 700 Filipino couples have children through IVF.