A virtual workshop on preparing for a potential second wave of coronavirus held under the Global Cooperation and Training Framework was staged June 24 in Taipei City, spotlighting the government’s commitment to building an effective disease-fighting network.
Jointly organized by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health and Welfare, American Institute in Taiwan, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association and Australian Office Taipei, the event involved 70 public health experts, nongovernmental representatives and officials from more than 10 countries. Those in attendance included AIT Director Brent Christensen, JTEA Representative Izumi Hiroyasu and AOT Deputy Representative Susan Moore.
MOFA Minister Jaushieh Joseph Wu said the workshop is a timely reminder to maintain vigilance as countries around the world begin to lift lockdowns and turn toward stimulating their economies. A global action plan is needed to prevent a new wave of infections, he added.
In his closing remarks, MOHW Minister Chen Shih-chung said while new cases of COVID-19 have subsided in Taiwan, the disease continues to spread globally, adding the country will work with its allies and like-minded partners to develop vaccines, treatments and diagnostics in case of a second outbreak.
According to the MOFA, the event focused on the challenges of managing the pandemic while maintaining healthy economies. It featured briefings on the organizing countries’ experiences, with a Q&A session for participants to exchange best practices.
Since its launch in June 2015, the GCTF framework has seen more than 500 representatives from 38 countries and territories take part in 24 events, spanning topics such as disaster relief, education, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance, public health and women’s empowerment. (SFC-E)