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“Taiwan is with you.” Taiwan support ad published in New York Times

WHO failed to acknowledge Taiwan as a sovereign state as it is being blocked by China.

  • A full-page ad from Taiwan was published in the New York Times.
  • It is said to be to call out the World Health Organization which allegedly ignored the country’s warnings regarding COVID-19 even before it became a pandemic.

A crowdfunded New York Times full-page advertisement was published in the newspaper on April 14.

It was funded by over 26,900 donors in a fundraising campaign that aims to show that Taiwan can help the world fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The advertisement was initiated by Taiwanese YouTuber Ray Di and award-winning designer Aaron Nieh. The donors did not only include Taiwan residents but Hong Kongers as well. It is said that the rest of the contributions will be used to buy medical equipment for the countries in need.


It began with the question “WHO can help?” followed by the answer “Taiwan.” The bottom of the ad reads: “In a time of isolation, we choose solidarity. You are not alone. Taiwan is with you.”

It can be remembered that the World Health Organization (WHO) was accused of ignoring Taiwan’s warning regarding COVID-19 even long before China took action.

Despite the early warnings from Taiwanese officials, WHO kept the region cut-off from its global information networks as it refuses to recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state.

What’s the reason? For nearly half a century, China has effectively blocked Taiwan from joining WHO.

The ad was published on April 14’s edition both online and in print. Netizens reacted to the ad, calling it “powerful”.

Some also believe that this is connected to WHO chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus’ attack against the island.

Taiwan only has 395 cases and six deaths of COVID-19 as of this writing.

Written by J M

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