President Tsai reaffirms government commitment to fighting COVID-19

President Tsai Ing-wen said March 19 the government is sparing no efforts in trying to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Taiwan while maintaining economic and social stability.

Taiwan has successfully limited the initial wave of imported infections since the country reported its first confirmed case two months ago, earning international praise for its disease-fighting measures, Tsai said.

As the pandemic continues to escalate, the next 14 days will be crucial and people should remain resolute and stand together in facing the challenge, she added.

Tsai made the remarks during a special press event held at the Presidential Office in Taipei City to update the country on Taiwan’s progress combating coronavirus.

According to Tsai, as more citizens return to Taiwan amid the global outbreak, everyone must abide by the directives issued by the Central Epidemic Command Center to ensure their own health and keep others from harm.

The president called on the people to refrain from hostility and mutual blame. Instead, Tsai urged the public to express gratitude to those on the front lines working to safeguard the country from COVID-19.

The contributions of medical professionals, producers of medical supplies and all individuals helping protect public health embody the resilience and strength of Taiwan, she said.

While business activities in the country will not be immune from the virus’ impact, Tsai said the government has adopted a raft of measures to keep the local economy on track and maintain orderly financial markets.

These include offering at least NT$100 billion (US$3.28 billion) in relief funds for hard-hit industries, as well as fast-tracking government infrastructure, investment and procurement projects to bolster domestic demand, she said.

Taiwan also remains committed to working with allies and like-minded partners to fight the pandemic and guarantee health for all, the president said.

Tsai cited two recent examples in this regard: a joint statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and American Institute in Taiwan on a partnership against the virus, and in-depth discussions between the nation’s top research institution Taipei-based Academia Sinica and the European Union on jointly developing vaccines and preventative technologies.

As a responsible member of the international community, Tsai said, Taiwan is willing and able to share its successful experiences and contribute to global efforts ending the pandemic. (SFC-E)

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