Taiwan’s COVID-19 Response Shows the Need for a More Inclusive WHO

Taiwanese army soldiers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant over a road in New Taipei City, Taiwan, March 14, 2020 (AP photo by Chiang Ying-ying).
Taiwanese army soldiers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant over a road in New Taipei City, Taiwan, March 14, 2020 (AP photo by Chiang Ying-ying).

In the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the odds were never in Taiwan’s favor. An island just 80 miles off the coast of China, it has extensive business and cultural ties with the mainland, where hundreds of thousands of its citizens live or work. The first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan just before the Lunar New Year holiday, a busy travel season for millions of people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. When researchers from Johns Hopkins University modeled the projected contagion of the virus in January, they assessed that Taiwan had […]

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