Alex Azar arrives in Taiwan, marking most important US visit in decades

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Secretary Azar landed at Taipei Songshan Airport at 4:48 p.m. local time on Sunday, the HHS spokesperson said. There will be no public events until Monday, the spokesperson added.Azar will meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and several ministers during his visit, an HHS spokesperson previously announced.

When Azar and other members of the US delegation disembarked from their plane, they were wearing face masks and underwent testing for Covid-19, as required as part of their visit, the department said in a statement. . A spokesperson for HHS said everyone in the delegation must test negative for coronavirus upon arrival in Taiwan and the delegation would wear masks throughout the trip, except in “rare circumstances.”

The group was greeted by members of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan as well as the director general of the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and the director of the American Taiwan Institute.

Taiwan has reported 479 cases and seven deaths out of a population of 23 million people.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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