The Tsai administration has said it will work right up to the last moment to obtain an invitation to the WHA. However, on May 12, Dr. Tim Armstrong, Head of Governing Bodies at the WHO said that there were no plans to invite Taiwan. President Tsai Ing-wen made her first public pronouncement on the issue and emphasized that Taiwan is part of the global healthcare system and should not be excluded due to political considerations and would continue to raise the issue internationally.
The WHA will open on May 22 in Geneva and Taiwian was not invited after the online registration ended on May 8. This was widely condemned in Taiwan as being due to China. President Tsai Ing-wen was interviewed by international media and called on Beijing not to obstruct participation. Yesterday for the first time she spoke publicly about the issue and called on the international community, saying that Taiwan should not be excluded because of politics.
==TSAI ING-WEN R.O.C. President ==
I emphasize again that Taiwan is a global nurse and is part of the global healthcare system. It should not be excluded due to well-knowN political considerations. I believe nurses' professionalism and the importance placed on healthcare is a universal value and we will continue to raise our voices and continue to share our experience with the world.
Tsai emphasized that this year the WHA will discuss public health policy for Alzheimers. With Taiwan facing an aging population, it needs to exchange information with other countries on the topic. The Taiwan Union of Nurses Association said it had sent a letter appealing to other international nurses' associations to raise the issue.
==KAO JING-CHIU Taiwan Union of Nurses Association CEO==
We immediately asked our Taiwan associations to send letters to the International Council of Nurses and other such associations seeking assistance to raise the issue and support our government at the meeting.
Although Taiwan has been frustrated at the diplomatic level, but in the medical community, the Government went all out, and on May 12, International Nurses Day, President Tsai praised the spirit of service in the nursing community and also stressed that the government will strive to improve the ratio of patients to nurses.
TRANSLATED BY：CLARE LEAR
世界衛生組織，沒有對台灣 發出邀請函，我方政府表示，將努力到 最後一刻。不過，主席阿姆斯壯，今天 進一步證實「沒有計畫 邀請台灣」。面對台灣 今年沒有受邀，總統蔡英文，今天首度 在公開場合，發表談話，強調台灣 是全球衛生體系 的一環，絕不能因為 政治因素，就被排除在外，未來會持續，在國際上發聲。
記者 陳佳鑫 張梓嘉 新北市報導