Opportunities for Taiwan in post-COVID world

Post-pandemic Taiwan has opportunity to be case study for success and stake claim as responsible global player

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/12/19
By: David Spencer, Taiwan News

Taiwan’s Keelung at sunset. (Getty images)

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — If you had been told a year ago that a name likely to go down in the history of 2020 was Margaret Keenan, a 90-year old woman from Coventry in the United Kingdom, then you may have had understandable reservations.

But last week, Keenan became the first person in the world to receive a safe and approved vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus. COVID-19 originates in the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controlled country of China and has killed more than 1.5 million people worldwide, decimating the global economy.

Keenan’s vaccination, which took place at 6.30 a.m. U.K. time on Dec. 8 provided a glimmer of hope across much of the planet that the era of lockdowns, the closure of shops and hospitality, mass unemployment, and the fear of death from an untreatable disease was coming to an end. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is already talking about life returning to normal as soon as April.

Such a reaction may surprise some here in Taiwan where, despite what the KMT and their pro-CCP acolytes might like to suggest, Wuhan coronavirus has largely passed us by. With the exception of briefly closing schools after the Lunar New Year holiday, life in Taiwan has continued very much as normal.    [FULL  STORY]

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