President Tsai thanks Japan, U.S. for providing vaccines to Taiwan

TAIPEI (The China Post) — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday thanked the U.S. and Japan for providing vaccines to Taiwan.

During a live stream posted on her Facebook page, Tsai confirmed that the 1.24 million vaccines from Japan arrived in Taiwan that day, and thanked both officials and non-government staff from Taiwan and Japan for their help.

“Because of your help, we have once again witnessed the true meaning of Taiwan-Japan friendship based on shared values and mutual support,” Tsai said.

She added that the announcement from the White House stating that Taiwan will be included in the global donation of vaccines is also deeply appreciated and expressed her gratitude to the U.S, government for extending a helping hand.

President Tsai Ing-wen gestures during a broadcast at the Presidential Office on Friday, June 4, 2021. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office)

Tsai said she must also affirm the hard-working diplomatic team who seized every opportunity to acquire more vaccines day and night and assist Taiwan in fighting the pandemic.

The Taiwanese government will continue to communicate with relevant countries in the hopes of securing a stable supply of more vaccines, Tsai pledged.

Tsai also called on the public to acknowledge that many other countries are in need of vaccines as well, though Taiwan’s international situation is difficult.

She thanked the efforts of those outside governmental positions including Foxconn Founder Terry Gou for his enthusiastic attempts to help Taiwan secure more vaccines.

The President pointed out that the next stage would be allowing all Taiwanese to receive their shots, adding that the application and reservation platform for acquiring vaccines is nearly complete.

Once the vaccinations stations have been set up and linked with central government deployment sites, the public can register and wait their turn to receive vaccines, the President said.

Tsai later called on everyone to give their support to epidemic prevention personnel who are doing their best every day.

“Everyone must continue to be vigilant in order to reduce the burden on the front line; Don’t go out on weekends!” Tsai said.