TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 20,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by Lithuania have arrived at the airport in the capital Vilnius and will land in Taiwan on July 31, reports said Wednesday (July 28).
The Baltic republic and Taiwan recently announced plans to set up representative offices in each other’s capitals, with the mission in Vilnius bearing the name “Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania.” The mention of “Taiwan” in the name is a first for a European country.
In addition to the plan for an office, Lithuania also announced in June it would donate 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Taiwan by the end of September. Lithuanian legislator Matas Maldeikis and Taiwan’s envoy to neighboring Latvia, Eric Huang (黃鈞耀), witnessed the arrival of the vaccines at Vilnius airport Wednesday morning, CNA reported. The doses were stored in a refrigerated area and were being prepared for the trip to Taiwan.
Lithuania was the first of three former communist countries that have so far announced vaccine donations to Taiwan, followed by Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Japan and the United States have also gifted vaccine doses as Taiwan ramps up its inoculation campaign against COVID-19.