It is no secret the world acknowledges Taiwan’s effort and foresight in managing the COVID-19 outbreak. Since its first appearance, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control reacted promptly with diagnosis and preventive measures that are highly effective. Taiwan enacted its first prevention measures early on December 31, 2019, the day that Wuhan authorities first announced publicly that there were several patients in the city who had an unidentified type of virus. This early-response mechanism helped to contain and block the pandemic outbreak in Taiwan, which still has a relatively low number of confirmed cases.
Residents in Taiwan are fortunate to have access to the nation’s National Health Care System. Taiwan has high quality medical care that is reasonably priced and easily accessible. Based on an existing stable network and infrastructure, the Taiwanese government makes good use of technology to face the epidemic’s challenges. To comprehensively promote its epidemic prevention policy, the Taiwanese government uses scientific and technological tools to combat the new coronavirus, including automatic temperature sensing and a mask inventory query system. Big data extrapolated from the National Health Care System can also provide instant warnings of any possible cluster effects.
Taiwan President Tsai stated, “We hope that after this epidemic, governments will have a better understanding of Taiwan’s strong capabilities; that Taiwan may contribute to the world’s epidemic prevention system.”
Through joint efforts from government and industry, the MICE industry in Taiwan has flourished in recent years. According to the latest International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) statistics report, Taiwan hosted a total of 173 international conferences in the field of science, medical and technology in 2018, ranking fifth in Asia, and setting a historical record with an annual growth rate of 23%.
Taiwan can help
The Taiwan government has announced it is willing to donate 10 million medical masks to the countries hit hardest by the COVID-19, and will continue its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. After the epidemic slows down in the future, Taiwan will do all it can to assist the globe’s MICE industry with recovery.
MEET TAIWAN’s pledge in the fight against COVID-19: “We owe it to each other to pay attention, advise, check on, and serve one another. This is the essence of MEET TAIWAN’s policy for every meeting and conference we have held in the past and will hold in the future. As long as we work together, we will be able to overcome any challenge.”
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