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China Blasts Taiwan Over Efforts to Help Ally Paraguay Get Vaccines

  • India poised to send 100,000 more of the shots to Paraguay
  • Paraguay said in March it got offers to break ties with Taipei
A healthcare worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine in Asuncion, Paraguay, on March 26.
A healthcare worker administers a Covid-19 vaccine in Asuncion, Paraguay, on March 26.Photographer: Maria Magdalena Arrellaga/Bloomberg

China slammed Taiwan over its efforts to help one of its few remaining allies get coronavirus shots, the latest squabbling over vaccines between the two sides of the strait.

“We have to warn the Taiwan authorities that the vaccine is a weapon to fight the pandemic and save lives, not a tool for political maneuvers,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press briefing Thursday in Beijing.