Japan Donates COVID-19 Vaccines to Taiwan

On June 4, 2021, Taiwan received 1.24 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from Japan for free of charge. As a result, Taiwan was able to double their amount of COVID-19 vaccine stock. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi gave a statement over the vaccine donations to Taiwan in his press conference, where he stated the importance of Taiwan’s help during the Great East Japan Earthquake, “I believe that is etched vividly in the minds of Japanese people.” Furthermore, the foreign minister expressed the reasoning as a strong friendship between the two countries, “The provision is based on our important partnership and friendship with Taiwan.” As Chinese influence led to the failure of the COVID-19 vaccine deal between BioNTech SE and Taiwan, it led to COVID-19 vaccine shortage for Taiwan. Now with the donations of Japan and further 750,000 doses of donations by the United States, Taiwan is able to vaccinate over 5% of its population. Taiwanese Health Minister Chen Shih-chung gave a statement on the donations by Japan as “extremely thankful” and gave his routine COVID-19 press conference with a sign stating “thank you” to Japan. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on her Twitter post expressed her gratitude over the Japanese donations, “We are grateful for the timely assistance we have received from partners who share the same values of freedom and democracy, giving Taiwan more confidence in democracy.” With ever increasing relations between Japan and Taiwan, Chinese government criticized Taiwan for accepting the vaccines and urged Japan to stand down. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin criticized Japan on their COVID-19 vaccine donations and questioned Japanese vaccine distributions, “I’ve noticed that Japan can barely ensure adequate supply of vaccines at home.” While China aims to disrupt the relationship between Japan and Taiwan, the donations and the responses reflect greater bonding between the two countries. Tensions between China and Taiwan further increased as a result of the vaccine donations from Japan and the United States.

Published by Jungen Ono

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