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Taiwan says vaccine shortage a security issue for global economy

Foreign Minister Wu plays down threat of conflict with China, but stresses preparedness

Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu speaks via videolink from the ministry in Taipei on Thursday.

TAIPEI/TOKYO-----Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said the island's lack of vaccines is a security issue for the global economy.

"The government here is working very hard to persuade the international community that Taiwan is facing a very unique situation, and it's just not a public health issue," Wu said Thursday at an online press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. "It's also a security [issue] for the international economy."

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