TAIWAN TO SHARE COVID-19 RESPONSE LESSONS WITH US OFFICIALS
US Health Secretary Alex Azar is to arrive in Taiwan on Sunday to learn from Taipei's success in containing the coronavirus, a visit that has drawn the ire of China, which regards the island, a former Japanese colony, as its province.
Before his departure, Azar said the delegation wants to learn from Taiwan's response to the virus, Taiwan's Central News Agency (CAN) reported on Saturday.
As of Saturday, the island of 23.8 million people has reported only 479 coronavirus cases and seven virus-related deaths. In Taiwan, no lockdown has ever been imposed due to the coronavirus. In America, each state has taken its own approach to the virus, including some with lockdowns. But it has also racked up nearly 5 million cases and more than 162,000 deaths, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
In Taiwan, Azar is to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center. Azar's three-day visit, the highest-level visit by a US cabinet official to Taiwan since 1979, comes at a time of heightened tensions between the US and China, in part over Beijing's handling of the initial virus outbreak.