President Tsai Ing-wen said Dec. 12 that Taiwan Can Help strengthen the global response to COVID-19 while advancing medical human rights in the international community.
Taiwan’s proficiency in managing epidemics can be attributed to past experience, swift action, professional officials led by Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, the use of innovative technology, domestic mask manufacturers and front-line medical staff working around the clock, Tsai said.
This is complemented by contributing factors such as the country’s resilience and unity, Tsai said, adding that Taiwan is committed to protecting the health of its people, as well as contributing more to the global community.
Tsai made the remarks during a launch of “Beating COVID-19, Taiwan” produced by local outfit Sanlih E-Television and Discovery Channel. The documentary series, which chronicles the country’s successful coronavirus-combating efforts, will air Dec. 20 and 27 on Sanlih in Taiwan and Jan. 23, 2021, on Discovery in Taiwan, Japan and 20 Southeast Asian markets.
According to Tsai, the program details the effectiveness of the Taiwan Model in checking the pandemic. It also illustrates the seriousness with which the people faced the challenge in order to come through with flying colors, she said.
Tsai also took the opportunity to emphasize the importance of winter COVID-19 protocols. Implemented Dec.1 by the Cabinet-level Central Epidemic Command Center, the rules stipulate that all airline passengers entering or transiting Taiwan must present a negative real-time polymerase chain reaction test for coronavirus issued within three business days prior to boarding.
In addition, masks will be mandatory at eight types of indoor venues: education facilities, exhibition sites, government agencies, medical facilities, performance venues, public transportation, places of worship and shopping centers. (YCH-E)