Minutes of HHS Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Loyce Pace’s Bilateral Meeting with Taiwan’s Vice Minister of Health

On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, Loyce Pace, hosted a bilateral meeting with Li-Feng Lee, Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare of Taiwan at the 75th World Health Assembly. , which is currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

Both delegations acknowledged the longstanding health collaborations under the auspices of the American Institute of Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, including the recent 3rd meeting of the United States Health Task Force. United-Taiwan. The US delegation reiterated its support for Taiwan’s participation as an observer in the World Health Assembly and meaningful participation in technical meetings of the World Health Organization. They hailed Taiwan’s continued support in the fight against COVID-19.

Vice Minister Lee noted Taiwan’s appreciation for a strong health partnership and U.S. support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the World Health Assembly. She stressed that such strong support from the United States and other like-minded countries is sincerely appreciated and invigorates Taiwan’s efforts to continue working to ensure Taiwan’s meaningful participation in activities and meetings. of the WHO.

Vice Minister Lee also shared Taiwan’s perspective on global health security and global preparedness and response to future public health threats. Assistant Secretary Pace and Deputy Minister Lee emphasized their joint commitment to this global effort and the importance of transparency and sharing accurate and timely information.

The two delegations pledged to stay in close contact, as well as to continue technical collaboration in health matters under the Memorandum of Understanding between the American Institute of Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office for health cooperation.

The US delegation included Loyce Pace, HHS assistant secretary for global affairs; Atul Gawande, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, US Agency for International Development; John Vertefeuille, Acting Director, CDC; and Bob Riley, Minister Political Counselor, United States Mission in Geneva; Reena Patel, Policy Officer, United States Mission in Geneva; Neetu Farabaugh, Foreign Service Officer, Department of State.

The Taiwanese delegation included Li-Feng Lee, Vice Minister of Health and Welfare of Taiwan; Kung-Yee Liang, president of the National Institutes of Health Research; Li-Ling Liu, General Manager of International Cooperation, MOHW; and Chao-Chun Wu, General Manager of Health Promotion Administration, MOHW; Tsung-His Wang, Division Director of National Health Insurance Administration, MOHW; Mei-Chen Peng, Senior Manager, Department of Medical Affairs, MOHW; Shianging Pan, Senior Technical Specialist, Food and Drug Administration, MOHW; Shu-Shin Jeng, Senior Manager, Department of Mental Health, MOHW; Hsi-Wen Wu, Senior Specialist, Department of Long Term Care, MOHW.

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