WHO is not sharing with member states information Taiwan has provided on COVID-19 along with particulars on its infections and prevention methods, Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry stated Monday, ratcheting up its complaints.
Taiwan’s lack of membership in the U.N. body, because of Chinese strain which claims the island as its own with no right to the trappings of statehood, has ired the Taiwanese government through the pandemic of the virus.
Taiwan’s government has stated that keeping it out of the WHO during the pandemic amounts to doing politics with Taiwanese people, even as the island has gained plaudits for keeping its case toll so comparatively low because of early detection and control strategies.
Taiwan last week stated the WHO ignored its questions initially of the coronavirus pandemic, part of what it has described as a pattern that puts it at risk due to Chinese strain to exempt it from international entities.
On Sunday, the WHO released an unusual statement about Taiwan, saying it was closely following the development of COVID-19 there, is learning lessons from how they’re fighting it, and detailing how the WHO has been working with Taiwanese health consultants.
While Taiwan can report to the WHO through its International Health Rules framework and can access information from WHO’s Event Information Site, the information Taiwan provides is not shared by the agency, Ou stated.