How Taiwan’s struggle for Covid vaccines is inflaming tensions with China

Posted by on June 14, 2021 12:15 am
Categories: Global Stories

As island faces new outbreak and mistrust of Chinese jabs, Beijing objects to donations from US and Japan

Vaccines are the latest flashpoint inflaming cross-strait tensions between China and Taiwan, as the latter tries to fend off its worst coronavirus outbreak since the pandemic began with a mostly unvaccinated population and the former rails against outside assistance from Taipei’s allies.

Global vaccination drives are widely seen as the only way out of the Covid-19 pandemic, but in Taiwan, just 3% of the population has received at least one dose. Now the island is battling hundreds of cases a day and does not have enough vaccines for its 23.5 million people.

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