US urges WHO assembly to include Taiwan
The World Health Assembly will gather in Geneva starting on May 24, its latest annual meeting in the midst of the global pandemic that has killed more than three million people.
"Taiwan's outstanding control of Covid-19 and its donations of PPE demonstrate its strong contribution to global health," State Department spokesman Ned Price said, referring to personal protective equipment.
The US push is the latest effort to support Taiwan internationally by President Joe Biden's administration, following the substance if not always the tone of former president Donald Trump's hawkish stance on China.
Biden has reversed a withdrawal from the UN body, which Trump blamed for not confronting China on the virus amid criticism of his own handling of the pandemic in the United States.
The assembly last year failed to bring in Taiwan due to objections from Beijing, which considers the self-governing democracy to be a territory awaiting reunification and objects to any international recognition for it.
Despite its proximity to mainland China, where Covid was first detected in late 2019, Taiwan has been hailed as a global success story in containing the virus by taking early and aggressive action.