The United States and Taiwan have signed a memorandum of understanding on health cooperation.
According to a news release, the signing was witnessed by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Taiwan's Minister of Health and Welfare Shih-Chung Chen.
"This visit represents an acknowledgement of the United States and Taiwan's deep friendship and partnership across security, economic, health care and democratic, open, transparent values," Azar said during a news conference after the signing.
Chen added that it marked the beginning of a "new chapter in Taiwan-US relations."
"This MOU further expands ... cooperation in areas including global health security, infectious disease prevention and control, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, maternal infant and adolescent health, environmental health, occupational health, tobacco control, health inequality, digital health, misuse of opioids, health communication and human resources for health," the press release said.
The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic Cultural Representative Office in the United States also signed a different MOU on health cooperation on "global health security, investigation and control of infectious disease, research, prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and the development of drugs and vaccines," a press release from the AIT said.