Taipei and New Taipei Jointly Hosting World Masters Games in 2025 雙北再合作 2025世界壯年運動會揭序幕

The Central Epidemic Command Center admitted that people inoculated with Taiwan's Medigen COVID vaccine may need to mix their vaccinations of foreign brands to be able to fly overseas. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said this is expected. 

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je and New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih together announced on Tues. the 16th that both city governments have officially begun planning for the World Masters Games in 2025. Taipei City and New Taipei City will jointly host the games with over 40,000 athletes from 110 countries and territories set to compete during a two-week period. In response to questions regarding the Central Epidemic Command Center's (CECC) decision lately, to allow Medigen recipients preparing to travel overseas to be inoculated with foreign brands of vaccines to meet the COVID travel requirements of other countries, Ko said it was expected. Hou remained neutral.

Ko Wen-je, Taipei City Mayor: “Medigen was not able to receive EUA from the WHO, not to mention being officially approved for use by the WHO, which is even more difficult to achieve. EUA is just an emergency use authorization. You have to go by international standards. This is all expected to happen. Medigen recipients are like lab rats.”

Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor: “It really is very inconvenient for citizens who received vaccines that have not been approved worldwide.”

On the other hand, Taipei City Mayor Ko, Keelung City Mayor Lin Yu-chang, and Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai have fired at each other back-and-forth over discussions on the construction of the Keelung MRT line. Ko and Wang would meet for talks again on the 26th. New Taipei City Mayor Hou also reminded the central government to not forget about the Xizhi-Donghu MRT Line that is currently being suspended in the construction plan.

Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor: “I hope the central government would approve the Xizhi-Donghu Line soon so we can resume construction in New Taipei City at least. I think we have already come up with a solution and conclusion that everyone more or less agrees upon. New Taipei City will be responsible for its part.”

Ko Wen-je, Taipei City Mayor: “(Are you meeting with Minister Wang on the 26th) Yes, we will talk about the technical issues.”

Ko refrained from saying too much about the meeting with Wang. The planning of the Keelung MRT line which connects Taipei City to New Taipei to Keelung would be finalized soon after a few more meetings among the city mayors.