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Taiwan, U.K. ink MOU on health cooperation

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Taipei, July 10 (CNA) Taiwan and the United Kingdom have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation, the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) said in a statement released Monday.

The MOU, which was signed on Friday, covers areas such as pandemic preparedness, digital health, health insurance, mental health and healthy aging, the ministry said.

The MOHW said it also expects the MOU to serve as a guideway for future cooperation, including information exchanges and mutual visits.

MOHW official Liu Li-ling (劉麗玲) described the MOU as a milestone in Taiwan-U.K. health cooperation, telling CNA that London was particularly keen on establishing bilateral health care reciprocity.

The details of the mooted reciprocal health care agreement are set to be discussed at a workshop in the near future, Liu added.

The MOU was inked by Kelly Hsieh (謝武樵), head of Taiwan's representative office in London, and John Dennis, head of the British Office Taipei.

"This new MOU on health cooperation marks a new level of ambition to deepen our existing collaboration on health," Dennis said in a U.K. government press statement.

"It will provide us with the platform and mechanism to look further ahead on how we can work together on a range of important issues for the sake of the health and welfare of our people," Dennis added.

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