China Invites Taiwanese Citizens for Vaccinations

China’s government on Friday invited Taiwanese to get immunized against COVID-19 and called on Taiwan to remove hindrances and allow its people to receive the “highly effective” Chinese shots.

According to China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, Taiwanese people can come to China to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as long as they “strictly comply” with China’s pandemic control measures, the office said.

China has urged Taiwan’s government to “quickly remove artificial obstacles for mainland vaccines being sent to Taiwan and allow the broad mass of Taiwan compatriots to receive the safe and highly effective mainland vaccines”.

The office also said that World Health Organization (WHO) had granted two Chinese-made vaccines for emergency use and the shots were in use or approved by more than 90 countries, showing their safety and efficacy.

To date, 62,000 Taiwanese had been vaccinated in China as of May 31. 

Only 3% of Taiwan’s 23.5 million people have received at least one shot, though millions of doses are on order. 

Japan has donated 1.24 million AstraZeneca shots last week while the United States has pledged 750,000 doses, in which the Taiwan government was waiting for its arrival.

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