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The US triples its vaccine donations to Taiwan

June 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The United States is more than tripling its vaccine allocation to Taiwan, as the island battles a Covid-19 outbreak and resists pressure from Beijing to take China's homegrown inoculations.

(CNN)The United States is more than tripling its vaccine allocation to Taiwan, as the island battles a Covid-19 outbreak and resists pressure from Beijing to take China's homegrown inoculations.

Washington has shipped 2. 5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Taipei, the US State Department spokesperson Ned Price tweeted on Saturday.

After a wildly successful initial run of keeping case numbers down, Taiwan is now battling its first major outbreak and scrambling to combat its low vaccination rate: just 6 doses have been administered per 100,000 people.

China, which considers Taiwan an integral part of its territory, has repeatedly offered to send coronavirus vaccines to the island.

On June 6, the US pledged to donate 750,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan, which Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen heralded as "timely rain" for the island of about 24 million people.

Earlier this month, Biden announced that the US plans to donate 500 million Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses globally as part of his efforts to reassert US leadership on the world stage.

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