CORONAVIRUS/Post-COVID-19 health care policy proposal submitted to president

Taipei,  A non-profit organization recently submitted a policy proposal to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on the future of the health care sector, to which the president responded by encouraging the parties involved to create a new lease on life for the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe.

The policy proposal on the development of the health care sector in the post-COVID-19 era was put forward to Tsai by Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry (IBMI) President Wong Chi-huey (翁啟惠) in September following closed-door meetings with industry leaders and government officials in April on how to turn the COVID-19 crisis to the advantage of Taiwan’s industries.

It was worked out after holistic discussions over a period of more than five months among over 70 experts on issues related to the establishment of new technology, new thinking on national security, the export chain of the health care sector, and the exploration of new markets for the biotech sector.

According to the IBMI, the policy proposal is aimed at providing the government with a visionary blueprint for Taiwan’s development.

It suggested that the government use its emergency use authorization authority to help speed up the marketing and export of new technology, the promotion of remote medical examination and treatment, the establishment of data protection mechanisms, the development of vaccines and the setting up of a more flexible and swift environment in response to the cross-over cooperation between medical technology and other sectors.

In addition, the IBMI said, the government also should reinforce Taiwan’s combat readiness in terms of key resources for wartime use and ensure supplies of medical supplies for such situations.

At the same time, Taiwan must accelerate its development in terms of artificial intelligence, cloud-based technologies and commercial applications of 5G in the medical sector.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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