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Lithuania donates COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan

Lithuania donates COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan

FILE PHOTO: A vial of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is seen at a vaccination centre in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, amid the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

File photo by Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Lithuania's donation comes months after the country says it will open a trade office this year in Taiwan, prompting anger in Beijing

Lithuania will donate 20,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan, its government said on Tuesday, June 22.

The country in May said it would open a trade representative office this year in Taiwan, which China considers its own territory, prompting anger in Beijing.

The vaccines, donated in response to Taiwan’s request, will be transferred by the end of September.

“We’d like to do more, but we do what we can,” Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said during broadcast government meeting.

The government in May decided to donate 100,000 vaccine doses to Ukraine, 15,000 to Georgia and 11,000 to Moldova.

Taiwan, which has been battling a rise in coronavirus infections since last month, is trying to speed up a vaccination program that has been hobbled by supply delays. –