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Health Minister Moses Jn. Baptiste Speaks on Taiwan’s Participation in WHO

Saint Lucia’s Minster of Agriculture Moses Jn. Baptiste has released a statement in support of granting privileges to Taiwan to be associated with the functions of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Health Minister Moses Jn. Baptiste
Health Minister Moses Jn. Baptiste

The 152nd Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board Meeting convened in Geneva from January 30 to February 7. The Government of Saint Lucia continued its call for the Republic of China (Taiwan) to be included in the World Health Organization (WHO) meetings, activities and mechanisms.

Saint Lucia recognizes the efforts of Taiwan to stem the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and its commitment to pandemic surveillance and information sharing with other countries through bilateral and multilateral platforms. Taiwan has also leveraged smart technologies in fighting the pandemic and implemented innovative anti-pandemic policies and measures.

Taiwan’s exclusion from the WHO mechanisms not only hinders the networking and information sharing among different parties, but also seriously undermines the effectiveness of communicable disease prevention and control efforts worldwide. Therefore, the Government of Saint Lucia urges the WHO to include Taiwan into all health emergency-related meetings and mechanisms, such as WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence and the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS).

Responders are invited to address their concerns and support to the Permanent Secretary (Sir Stanislaus James Building Waterfront, Castries Saint Lucia, West Indies Communication).

We support Taiwan in the ongoing talks related to the WHO pandemic accord and the amended International Health Regulations (IHR). Taiwan, as an indispensable partner committed to helping the world, stands firm in its commitment to work with WHO and international partners.

Saint Lucia, once again, urges WHO to include Taiwan in all technical meetings, activities, and mechanisms, as well as to invite Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer.

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