Taiwan donated 300,000 locally developed rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 to the country’s allies and like-minded partners at a ceremony Dec. 23 at Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Taipei City.
During his remarks at the event, MOFA Vice Minister Miguel Li-jey Tsao praised the generosity of New Taipei City-headquartered equipment producer TaiDoc Technology Corp. for providing the test kits with the help of Fora Care Foundation, also based in New Taipei.
Such public-private collaboration shows how Taiwan Can Help combat the pandemic and realize the World Health Organization’s goal of Health For All, the vice minister said, adding that TaiDoc Technology’s commitment to corporate social responsibility is sincerely appreciated.
According to Tsao, COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on people’s lives around the world. While vaccines have been successfully developed and are being administered in several counties, testing kits are still an important tool for managing the infectious disease, he said.
The donation is the second from TaiDoc Technology following 35,000 forehead thermometers and 250 automatic temperature measurement systems it contributed in late April this year to Taiwan’s allies, Germany and the U.S., according to the MOFA.
St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador to Taiwan Jasmine E. Huggins, who also doubles as dean of the local diplomatic corps, said the donations are a concrete example of the “Taiwan Can Help” spirit. She also thanked TaiDoc Technology for the much needed gift arriving just in time for Christmas.
In response, TaiDoc Technology Chairman Chen Chao-wang said the company is happy to work with the government to help Taiwan’s allies combat the disease at this difficult time. Jointly developed with Taipei-based Academia Sinica, the test kits can produce results in just 15 minutes and help increase the testing capacity of countries in need, he said. (SFC-E)