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Taiwan has been successful in containing COVID-19 and has won praise from main leaders of the world and Taiwan is now exporting its success to the world. Taiwan has recently made a donation of medical-grade masks to countries that need them. A Kenyan professor who has been in Taiwan for a number of years, Dr.Kennedy Ondieki said the millions of masks donated to other countries are the masks that Taiwanese save in order to make a contribution to the world adding that he himself is thankful to the government of Taiwan for the generous donations to assist the world to fight COVID-19. Dr.Kennedy Ondieki said Taiwan should even be considered for a Noble Prize for discovering that the virus was transmissible from human to human before the outbreak in December.
Taiwan on April 9th angrily condemned accusations and demanded an apology from the chief of WHO (World Health Organization) Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Dr.Tedros said he had been subjected to racist comments from Taiwan for months. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan's 23 million people have been excluded from international organizations and Taiwan knows better than anyone else what itfeels like to be discriminated against and isolated. A Kenyan professor who has been in Taiwan for a number of years, Dr.Kennedy Ondieki said as a black, he has never felt any form of discrimination during the period he has lived in Taiwan. Dr.Kennedy Ondieki is a Kenyan and a native speaker of Swahili. He once taught African music, Swahili and culture at national Cheng Chih University in Taiwan, one of the most prestigious universities.
Taiwan Fact Check Center was jointly founded by Taiwan Media Watch and the Association for Quality Journalism in July 2018. The objectives of the Center are to conduct fact checks on information relevant to public affairs as well as to improve the information ecology and news quality of Taiwan. Taiwan Fact Check Center works with ITCN (International Fact-checking Network-Poynter), an umbrella organization of news checking organizations.Summer Chen Hui-min, editor in chief of Taiwan Fact Check Center said her Center also teaches digital literacy to the public in Taiwan and sends media alerts to debunk disinformation and she urges the public to verify sources of information via their website or the website of ITCN.
Taiwan and Guatemala have enjoyed diplomatic relations for over 80 years and the ambassador of Guatemala, Ambassador Willy Alberto Gómez Tirado said Guatemala will continue to support Taiwan’s participation in the international organizations. Ambassador Willy Gómez presented his credentials to President Tsai Ing-wen in August 2019 and he said his mission here is to continue to promote Guatemala to the people of Taiwan adding that they plan to open Guatemalan coffee shops. Due to its growing conditions, Guatemala produces excellent coffee with a different variety of coffee types. Coffee, the Ambassador believes, can connect the peoples of Taiwan and Guatemala even more closely.
Taiwan and Guatemala have enjoyed diplomatic relations for over 80 years. Faced with the coronavirus outbreak or COVID-19, Guatemala has taken a step ahead and has declared a maximum alert over the possible arrival of coronavirus to the country and since January 31, the government has imposed blanket travel restrictions on people who have been to China. As part of the measures to contain COVID-19, the government has closed borders for two weeks since March 17. Guatemalan Ambassador Willy Alberto Gómez Tirado said Taiwan and Guatemala have worked closely sharing information on how to contain the disease.