February 13, 2004
INTRODUCES BILL TO INCLUDE TAIWAN IN WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY
DC - U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA), Republican Chairman of
the Senate Taiwan Caucus, yesterday introduced S. 2092 in
support of Taiwan being granted observer status at the
upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland in May
The bill has eleven original cosponsors, including Tim
Johnson (D-SD), who serves as the Democratic Chairman of the
Senate Taiwan Caucus, James Inhofe (R-OK), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Joe
(D-CT), Trent Lott (R-MS), Dick Durbin (D-IL), George
Voinovich (R-OH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Kit
Bond (R-MO), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
has one of the highest life expectancy levels in Asia and a
population larger than three-fourths of the existing members
of the World Health Organization," said Allen.
"Giving Taiwan a seat at the table, and the opportunity
to participate and exchange knowledge, benefits the entire
world health community."
legislation details the deadly spread of SARS across much of
the world, including Taiwan.
Under the legislation, the citizens of Taiwan would be
allowed to contribute to and benefit from the wealth of
information and resources available to WHO participants.
This is especially important in light of the recent
epidemic of avian influenza in Taiwan.
would be tantamount to medical malpractice to continue to
exclude Taiwan from participation in the assessment, treatment
and cure of SARS and other dangerous diseases in the
world" said Senator Allen.
Allen's legislation voices the Senate's endorsement of a State
Department plan to grant observer status to Taiwan.
In addition, the legislation calls on the Secretary of
State to introduce a resolution at the upcoming Assembly in
support of observer status for Taiwan.
A similar bill, also introduced by Senator Allen,
passed the Senate and was signed into law by President Bush in