The US donation comes after Taiwan accused China of trying to block access to an international island of vaccines.
The United States will supply 750,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan as the country plans to distribute millions of ulcers worldwide
Senator Tammy Duckworth, who landed in Taiwan with her two colleagues on Sunday, said their trip underscores the bipartisan support for the Democratic Islands, which Beijing claims as its territory.
“We are here as friends because we know Taiwan is having a hard time right now, so it was especially important for the three of us to be here on a bipartisan horse,” Duckworth said.
“It was possible for the United States to include Taiwan in the first group of vaccine recipients, as we recognize your urgent need and appreciate this cooperation.”
He did not specify which vaccines Taiwan will receive or when.
Taiwan is gaining momentum domestically, but like most of the world, has suffered from a lack of global vaccines. Only about 3 percent of its population of 23.5 million has been vaccinated, with most needing only twice the first staff. Taiwan has accused China of blocking its efforts to provide vaccines, but Beijing has denied the allegations and offered the island Chinese vaccines.
But the Taipei government has repeatedly expressed concern about their safety, and despite this, can not accept them without changing the law of Taiwan, which prohibits their import.
Standing next to Duckworth, Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Oze Wu thanked Washington for the donation.
“While we are doing our best to import vaccines, we need to overcome obstacles to ensure that these life-saving medicines are safe from Beijing,” he said.
Wu said that Taiwan has been fortunate to have many like-minded countries that show their support, which, he said, is about maintaining freedom and democracy under autonomy.
Duckworth, his colleagues Dan Sullivan, and Christopher Koons also met with President Ing-Wen at Mongolia Airport in central Taipei. Ai said the vaccines, along with those donated by Japan Aponia last week, would be a great help in fighting the virus.
“Vaccines are rainy for Taiwan at the moment, ‘your help will be placed in our hearts,'” he told senators in footage released by his office.
U.S. senators and congressmen visit Taiwan on a regular basis, but the island is showing strong support amid rising infections, when its borders are largely closed to visitors.
Unusually, they arrived in a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III truck, not a private jet, as is usually the case with senior US visitors.
The arrival of vaccines in Taiwan is accelerating.
On Friday, Japan delivered 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca PLC coronavirus vaccine to Taiwan free of charge as a result of a gesture that has so far doubled the number of shots fired on the island.