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Taiwan thanks U.S. for help in H7N9 vaccine efforts

Taiwan thanks U.S. for help in H7N9 vaccine efforts

Washington, May 23 (CNA) Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the United States King Pu-tsung expressed his appreciation to America Friday for helping his country in its efforts to produce a vaccine against human infections of the H7N9 avian influenza virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promised in April to share with Taiwan its results in developing an H7N9 vaccine. In line with that commitment, an H7N9 master donor virus provided by the CDC was delivered to Taiwan recently, according to Taiwan's representative office in the United States. The cooperative effort was part of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework under the World Health Organization (WHO). King said such cooperation is helpful to expanding Taiwan's participation in the operations of the WHO. Earlier in the month, King paid a call on Nils Daulaire, assistant secretary for global affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to discuss the possibility of future bilateral and multilateral cooperation, with a view to expanding Taiwan's involvement in the global disease control and prevention network. During a May 21 meeting with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Taiwan's Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta urged Washington to help Taiwan obtain observer status in the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO) to widen his country's participation in the United Nations agency. (By Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-04-15 07:19 GMT+08:00