China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday hectored the United States for supposedly being more interested in selling weapons to Taiwan than life-saving coronavirus vaccines, even as Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen accused China of sabotaging a deal that would have brought Pfizer’s vaccine to her country.
The Global Times accused U.S. officials of downplaying the severity of Taiwan’s current coronavirus outbreak, which included 6,091 cases and 46 deaths as of Thursday, to deflect criticism for selfishly hoarding its vaccines instead of meeting Taiwan’s needs.
The Chinese Communist paper prodded the Taiwanese to feel bitter that America is happy to sell them weapons, but not medicine:
Fewer than 1 percent of Taiwan’s residents have been vaccinated, making it the least vaccinated population in Asia, according to data gathered by The New York Times. However, the US has stocked a large number of COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] vaccines and restricted the export