Taiwan Weekly is a newsletter released every week by Fair Winds Foundation, Association of Foreign Relations and Taipei Forum that provides coverage and perspectives into the latest developments in Taiwan.

Epidemic Prevention Chaos A Bang to the Armed Forces

Epidemic Prevention Chaos A Bang to the Armed Forces

Combatting  the pandemic is like a war.

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This Week in Taiwan 0613-0620

This Week in Taiwan 0613-0620

June 14: The three-day Group of 7 summit ended June 13 in Cornwall of the United Kingdom. The joint communiqué issued mentioned for the first time the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Earlier when they met on June 12, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan and President Joe Biden of the United States also discussed issues including cross-strait stability. At the summit, Suga even expressed his support for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer. 

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Taiwan's Medigen Successfully Unblinds Phase 2 Vaccine Clinical Trials, EUA Review as Early as July

Taiwan's Medigen Successfully Unblinds Phase 2 Vaccine Clinical Trials, EUA Review as Early as July

Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp., a biopharmaceutical company based in Taiwan, unblinded the phase 2 clinical trials of its coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

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With President's Interference, How Can Scientists Review Vaccines Impartially?

With President's Interference, How Can Scientists Review Vaccines Impartially?

With Taiwan mired in a serious shortage of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen is forcefully promoting domestically developed vaccines and even purposely halting the import of foreign vaccines.

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Besides Vaccine Shortage, Taiwan Faces More Dangerous Pandemic Complications

Besides Vaccine Shortage, Taiwan Faces More Dangerous Pandemic Complications

The highly anticipated unblinding of the Phase II clinical trial of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine produced by Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corporation (MV)  was successful on June 10.

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Is Taiwan's Democracy Also Critically Ill?

Is Taiwan's Democracy Also Critically Ill?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has worsened; public grievances are boiling over; and President Tsai Ing-wen's approval ratings continue to falter.

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This Week in Taiwan 0606-0612

This Week in Taiwan 0606-0612

June 6: The rainy season and typhoon Caiyun brought abundant rainfall to Taiwan. Minister of Economic Affairs Wang Mei-hua, who heads the Central Drought Disaster Response Center, announced that the mechanism in Miaoli, Taichung, and northern Changhua where water would be supplied for five days but suspended for two days per week would be lifted immediately. The red-light water-use restriction this time lasted some 61 days, breaking the previous historical record of 54 days in Taipei in 2002. It is expected that current water conditions will be stable until the end of July.

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Japan, U.S. Vaccines Aid Should Make Tsai Administration Ashamed

Japan, U.S. Vaccines Aid Should Make Tsai Administration Ashamed

The 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by Japan arrived in Taiwan June 4, while the United States committed to donate 7 million doses of vaccine to Asian countries including Taiwan.

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Foreign Policy ≠ Vaccine Policy

Foreign Policy ≠ Vaccine Policy

One outcome from Taiwan's failure to date to timely acquire a sufficient quantity of vaccines is that what in reality should be a commercial relationship between the manufacturers and Taiwan’s government, has unnecessarily become a foreign policy matter that certain Taiwan politicians and other individuals in Taiwan are seeking to exploit.

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Wave of U.S. Travel for Vaccines Highlights Taiwan's Government Dysfunction

Wave of U.S. Travel for Vaccines Highlights Taiwan's Government Dysfunction

Recently, the Taoyuan International Airport has once again become lively after a long period of time.

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