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Taiwan's COVID-19 and Pandemic Experience: What Are the Lessons for Canada?   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "British Columbia recorded over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] on March 31, 2021. Taiwan has recorded that many cases in total. Only 10 people have passed away from the disease in Taiwan. These numbers seem impossible, an exception that only islands like New Zealand or Taiwan could possibly achieve. Nothing could be further from the truth. Taiwan shows how to learn lessons from previous failures and ensure that when the next pandemic comes, Canada is ready. Taiwan officially contacted the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 31, 2019 to note concerns around human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus. Unlike most other governments around the world, Taiwanese officials acted swiftly in early January. By mid-January, COVID-19 was listed as a category 5 communicable disease under the Communicable Disease Control Act: it was deemed an emerging contagious disease that required mandatory quarantines and reporting. After this legal categorization, Taiwan created the Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC) on January 20 to run the country's all-of-society response and to coordinate between ministries. [...] From April to December 2020, Taiwan went '255 days' [hyperlink] without a locally transmitted COVID-19 case."

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2021-04
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2021 Canadian Global Affairs Institute
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