ST. LUCIA-HEALTH-St. Lucia re-states the call for Taiwan to be included in WHO meetings

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CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – St. Lucia has reiterated a call for Taiwan to be included in the World Health Organization (WHO) meetings, activities, and mechanisms.

A government statement said that the island had re-stated its position during the 142nd session of the WHO executive board meeting that ends in Geneva on Tuesday.

St. Lucia is among a handful of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries with diplomatic relations with Taiwan that China considers a renegade province. Beijing has called on governments to adhere to the One China policy as it seeks to ostracise Taipei globally.

“St. 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,” the government statement said.

“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 hinders the networking and information sharing among different parties and seriously undermines the effectiveness of infectious disease prevention and control efforts worldwide.”

St. Lucia said that the WHO “therefore is urged 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), and to invite Taiwan to 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.

“St. 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,” added.

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