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3 Factors Contribute to Taiwan’s Success Against COVID-19: Former VP

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Ever wondered how Taiwan, despite its geographical proximity to China, managed to keep the COVID-19 at bay? Well, Taiwan’s former vice president, Chen Chien-jen, has some answers.

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Then Vice President Chen Chien-jen speaks to the media at the Presidential Office Building on May 14, thanking the Taiwanese people for contributing to the success in the battle against the COVID-19, a few days before he left office. CNA photo May 14, 2020

Then Vice President Chen Chien-jen speaks to the media at the Presidential Office Building on May 14, thanking the Taiwanese people for contributing to the success in the battle against the COVID-19, a few days before he left office. CNA photo May 14, 2020

“I think there were three important factors that contributed to this: a prudent attitude in dealing with COVID-19, prompt actions in responding to different situations, and forward planning before a crisis,” Chen said in a webcast program produced by the Talent Circulation Alliance and the American Institute in Taiwan June 24.

One example of these was Taiwan’s learning of the situation in Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected in late 2019, from a bulletin board system in Taiwan and immediately screening passengers arriving from that city, Chen said.

Chen, an epidemiologist, said Taiwan also began taking measures to prevent hospital infections, enhanced contact tracing, and quarantined people who had close contact with confirmed cases.

In addition, the activation of the Central Epidemic Command Center to coordinate government response, the requisition of face masks, and the pre-positioning of medical supplies all contributed to Taiwan’s success against COVID-19, Chen said.

Taiwan was able to increase its daily production capacity of surgical masks from 1.88 million to 20 million in just over a month.

The government’s detailed explanation of its coronavirus prevention measures gave the public confidence in its ability to handle the situation, resulting in people abiding by government instructions, including washing hands frequently, wearing face masks, and following home quarantine rules, he said.

Chen, who served as Taiwan's health minister during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003, also stressed the importance of talent circulation in epidemic prevention cooperation.

“No country can combat any emerging communicable disease alone,” Chen said.

During SARS, for example, Chen said Taiwan did not receive help from the WHO because of its ongoing exclusion from the U.N. special agency. Fortunately, with the assistance of 20 specialists sent by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Taiwan was able to weather the health crisis, he said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. specialists brought back what they had learned from Taiwan and contributed to the setting of standard procedures in America in dealing with SARS, Chen said, “The world can be a better place if people cooperate with each other, circulate talent, and share technologies.”

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Name: Jay Chen
Email: jenjey.chen@cna.com.tw
Phone: +886-2-25051180 ext. 100

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