BEIJING, May 28 (Xinhua) - A mainland spokesperson on Friday denounced Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authority for being indifferent to local people's lives and health as it persisted in refusing COVID-19 vaccines from the mainland.
Two local branches of the Red Cross Society of China in east China's Fujian Province on Thursday offered to donate COVID-19 vaccines to Kinmen and Matsu attached to Taiwan, to battle the recent resurgence of infections on the island.
The offer, however, was refused by Taiwan's mainland affairs council which stressed the need for formal applications in accordance with vaccine import procedures.
Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said Taiwan's mainland affairs council was merely making up excuses to block Taiwan compatriots' access to vaccines from the mainland.
Zhu warned the DPP authority that in the face of a worsening epidemic and rising number of deaths, the most pressing task is to get people on the island inoculated with vaccines from the mainland approved by the World Health Organization.
She urged the DPP authority to stop political manipulation so as not to delay immunization efforts on the island.