Taiwan’s Response To COVID-19, International Cooperation Show WHO Needs Its Membership, Health Minister Writes In Opinion Piece

Anadolu Agency: OPINION — Support Taiwan’s inclusion in post-COVID-19 global public health network
Chen Shih-chung, minister of health and welfare of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

“…Thanks to the united efforts of its entire people, Taiwan has responded to the threats posed by this pandemic through four principles: prudent action, rapid response, advance deployment, and openness and transparency. … The global outbreak of COVID-19 has reminded the world that infectious diseases know no borders and do not discriminate along political, ethnic, religious, or cultural lines. Nations should work together to address the threat of emerging diseases. For this reason, once Taiwan had stabilized its containment of coronavirus and ensured that people had sufficient access to medical resources, we began to share our experience and exchange information on containing COVID-19 with global public health professionals and scholars through COVID-19-related forums … The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that Taiwan is an integral part of the global public health network and that the Taiwan Model can help other countries combat the pandemic. To recover better, the WHO needs Taiwan. We urge the WHO and related parties to acknowledge Taiwan’s longstanding contributions to global public health, disease prevention, and the human right to health, and to firmly support Taiwan’s inclusion in the WHO…” (10/26).

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