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Support Taiwan’s crucial role in shaping future pandemic preparedness

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By Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles Director General Amino C.Y. Chi

As the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) approaches, the urgency of global cooperation and inclusivity in addressing geographic disparities in global health security cannot be overstated. Despite Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organization (WHO), its exemplary role in shaping future pandemic preparedness stands as a beacon of effectiveness on the global stage. While the COVID-19 pandemic may no longer be classified as a global health emergency, the WHO’s cautionary warnings about future threats like a Disease X pandemic emphasize the ongoing need for collective action to strengthen health governance worldwide.

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the meticulous analysis of response strategies by the WHO and numerous countries has exposed shortcomings in the International Health Regulations (2005), highlighting the need for revisions to manage such crises more effectively. Taiwan’s swift and decisive response to the initial outbreak showcases its ability to identify risks and implement targeted measures efficiently. Central to this success is Taiwan’s unwavering commitment to transparency and the seamless dissemination of vital information, fostering public trust and enabling effective policy implementation.

As discussions intensify regarding the necessity of a new pandemic agreement and revisions to existing regulations, the imminent decision-making at the 77th WHA carries profound significance. Taiwan’s wealth of experience in pandemic management serves as a compelling testament to the imperative of inclusivity in global health governance, demanding its rightful participation in the WHA. By acknowledging Taiwan’s expertise and contributions, the international community can strengthen its collective resolve to safeguard public health and uphold the principles of equity and inclusivity on a global scale.Amidst the commemoration of the 2024 World Health Day under the theme “My health, my right,” it is vital that we advocate for the rights of Taiwan’s 23 million people, whose access to global health initiatives and resources is being disregarded by the WHO due to political considerations. Taiwan calls upon the WHO and relevant stakeholders to support Taiwan’s rightful place in the upcoming 77th WHA and all WHO meetings, as is not only a matter of fairness but also a strategic imperative in bolstering global health security and resilience. 

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