Gov’t working to secure WHA place as wait for invitation continues

The health and foreign ministries are continuing work to secure Taiwan a place at this year's World Health Assembly (WHA). That was the word from the health minister on Wednesday.

The WHA is the convening body of the World Health Organization (WHO). It will hold its annual meeting in Geneva in late May.

Taiwan has attended for the past eight years as an observer. This year, however, there has been no invitation, due to the Chinese government's boycott of the Tsai Ing-wen administration. Tsai took to Twitter Tuesday, writing that global health needs Taiwan and that Taiwan needs the WHO. With the registration deadline Monday, Taiwan has only a few days to secure a letter of invitation.

On Wednesday, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said that the health and foreign ministries are developing contingency plans. Chen said Taiwan's delegation will travel to Geneva even if no invitation arrives. Chen also said he hopes countries friendly to Taiwan will help with final preparations.

Source: Radio Taiwan International