Partnerships to combat COVID-19 agreed with US, EU

From Taiwan Review 2020-05-14
Partnerships to combat COVID-19 agreed withUS, EU

Taiwan will work with the U.S. and EU to combat COVID19, spotlighting the country’s commitment to sharing its expertise with like-minded partners, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) March 19. The Taiwan-U.S. Joint Statement on a Partnership against Coronavirus signed by MOFA Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) and American Institute in Taiwan Director Brent Christensen March 18 states that both sides will share best practices and collaborate on activities including R&D of rapid testing kits, medicines and vaccines; contact tracing techniques and technology; joint conferences by scientists and experts; and cooperation and exchange of medical supplies and equipment. The statement signifies Taiwan’s continuing work with the U.S. in the fight against coronavirus, the MOFA said, adding that sharing data and resources while utilizing cutting-edge techniques could help safeguard the health and well-being of people around the world. A tie-up between Academia Sinica and the EU was also announced by the country’s top research institution and Filip Grzegorzewski, head of European Economic and Trade Office in Taiwan. According to Academia Sinica President James C. Liao (廖俊智), the organization is ramping up virus research, as evidenced by plans to build an open science platform featuring coronavirus-related work from 15 domestic research institutes. The results will be shared with EU member states to help manage COVID-19, he added.

Taiwan to work with US, EU combating COVID-19