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    Fighting Kovid-19 or Next Pandemic, Taiwan Can Help – The Diplomat


    The risk of emergence of infectious diseases for world health and economy, trade, and tourism is never reduced. The epidemic can spread rapidly around the world due to international aviation and transportation. As of May 3, 2021, a novel disease, which first appeared in Wuhan, China in late 2019, has since been classified as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), with more than 154 million cases. And there have been more than 3.2 million deaths. Whole world. The disease has had widespread medical, economic and social impact around the world, and is a major threat to global efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    Due to its proximity with China, Taiwan was expected to be one of the countries most affected by the epidemic. But given his experience fighting the 2003 SARS outbreak, Taiwan did not ignore the alarm. Instead, it simultaneously became a trickle, developing official and informal accounts to photograph emerging disease, affecting a scope and severity comparable to global public perception. Officials used this information to launch enhanced surveillance on December 31, 2019, and have tirelessly implemented public health prevention measures since Taiwan’s first case was detected on January 21, 2020. As of 3 May 2021, 1,145 including 12 were confirmed. Deaths in Taiwan. Life and work have continued in general for the majority of the population. Taiwan has incorporated COVID-19 since the beginning of the epidemic, including a record 253 days without domestic broadcasting cases between April and December 2020.

    After dealing with SARS, Taiwan established a nationwide infectious disease healthcare network, headed by infectious disease specialists in six regions. More than 100 secondary response hospitals are included in the network and all 22 specialized municipalities, counties, and cities have designated their primary response hospitals. The network also provides legal authority to transfer patients with highly infectious diseases to designated facilities based on public health and clinical need. This has proven to be important in protecting health systems and health professionals from being overwhelmed, and has allowed most non-COVID-19 health services to operate without disruption during the epidemic. To date, only two hospital-linked COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in Taiwan. Both were well managed, resulting in a total of 11 cases and zero deaths among health professionals.

    By quickly and effectively introducing public health control measures, Taiwan has also reduced the economic impact of COVID-19. To maintain the necessary international, social, economic and trade activities, Taiwan implemented flexible adjustments to related quarantine measures for ships and aircraft so that fisheries, offshore wind farms, and air transport industries could continue operations. In contrast to the global economic contraction, Taiwan’s GDP growth was around 3.11 percent in 2020, with a higher growth of 4.94 percent in the fourth quarter. In addition, the public’s trust and cooperation with the Government’s response has been successfully COVID-19. In the formulation of disease control regulations, the government has followed the principles of proper response, minimal damage and gradual adoption. It has worked hard to maintain a balance between people’s privacy and personal privacy and the right to freedom, actively prioritizing the protection of disadvantaged groups, including migrant workers, as well as upholding the principle of fairness. Has responded During this epidemic, Taiwan has emphasized strong opposition to the right to health and allied protection and to the violation of human rights. In fact, at no point has Taiwan restricted people’s right to free expression, assembly, or participation in public life.

    Although COVID-19 has given a tough competition to all countries, its impact has already been harsh among vulnerable and high-risk communities, as well as a lack of quality health services among those who lack anti-pandemic prevention measures. Are unable to handle adverse consequences. As a responsible member of the international community, Taiwan will do its best to work with the World Health Organization and global health leaders to ensure that all people enjoy living and working conditions conducive to good health. We will monitor health disparities to advocate more effectively for universal access to quality health services.

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    Thanks to its robust health system, rigorous testing strategies, information transparency, and public-private partnerships, Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 has been one of the world’s success stories. This epidemic has again proved that Taiwan cannot remain outside the global health network. Taiwan plays an indispensable role in global surveillance and early warning systems that detect the risk of emerging infectious diseases, and the Taiwan model has consistently proven to contain COVID-19. The epidemic has highlighted Taiwan’s need for research, development, production and supply, and the rapid development of related equipment (including two COVID-19 vaccines that are currently in Phase 2 trials). Being able to participate and contribute extensively to international COVID-19 supply chain systems, as well as a global diagnostic, vaccine and therapeutic platform will allow Taiwan to work with the rest of the world.

    We urge the WHO and related parties to work for Taiwan’s long-term support for the international community in the field of public health, disease prevention, and human rights to health, and to include Taiwan in WHO and its meetings, mechanisms and activities. Accept the contribution. Taiwan will continue to work with the rest of the world to ensure that all WHOs enjoy the fundamental right to health as stipulated in the constitution. No one should be left behind, echoing the mantra of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

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