US vaccine aid to Taiwan comes with a political condition: be Washington’s pawn to take on the continent
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The 2.5 million doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the United States that were launched on Saturday to Taiwan have excited island authorities – and they are expressing their gratitude loud and clear.
I think the United States should send 25 million doses to the island. Because 2.5 million doses is still a drop in the bucket, especially at a time when extreme cases continue to occur after the inhabitants of the island have taken the AstraZeneca vaccine. At least 49 people died after being vaccinated on Saturday
A senior US administration official told Reuters that the US doses to Taiwan are not tied to “political or economic conditions.” The official also criticized China. This shows that this batch of American vaccines is in fact “political” aid. The strong political conditions attached to it are: Taiwan must firmly follow Washington’s example and act as a strategic pawn to confront the continent.
The policies of the Taiwan Progressive Democratic Party (DPP) authorities on COVID-19 vaccines have been highly politicized. But the mainland’s vaccine assistance policy in Taiwan is truly humanitarian. The attitude of the Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group combines humanitarianism with business rules, without any political implication.
The DPP authorities have made a vaccine issue so simple so complicated. They may be the only ones in the world to do this. They displayed extreme sensitivity and fear. Given the extreme policies of the DPP, the mainland can only hope that the Taiwanese will be vaccinated as soon as possible, no matter through which channel, and that there will be fewer deaths after vaccination. As for the political games between the mainland and the United States and Taiwan, there are many fields to carry out the competition. The continent does not want and has no interest in seeing the vaccine as a battleground. For the continent, the COVID-19 vaccine means nothing other than anti-epidemic efforts and humanitarianism. We strongly oppose turning vaccines into political tools.
The author is editor-in-chief of the Global Times. [email protected]