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© Reuters/Ann Wang People wear face masks as a mandatory precaution for riding on public transportations amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak while boarding on and off a metro in Taipei
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the government has “not yet” received an invitation to take part in this month’s meeting of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision-making body, the World Health Assembly.
However, the government will strive “until the last moment” to participate as an observer, ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said in a statement.
Taiwan’s lack of membership at the WHO, due to China’s objections which considers the island as one of its provinces, has infuriated Taipei, which says its exclusion has created a glaring gap in the global fight against the coronavirus.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Yimou Lee; Editing by Himani Sarkar)