Virus Outbreak: Chen, Azar talk by phone about prevention efforts

CONFERENCE CALL: Joining the top health officials from Taiwan and the US on Monday night’s conversation were AIT Director Brent Christensen and top ministry officials

Taipei Times
Date:  Apr 29, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

Department of North American Affairs Director-General Vincent Yao speaks to reporters yesterday during a news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei.
Photo: Lu Yi-hsuan, Taipei Times

Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) and US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar exchanged ideas about COVID-19 prevention in a conference call on Monday night.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare Office of International Cooperation said the 30-minute call began at 8pm, and Azar praised Taiwan’s achievements in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and thanked Taiwan for donating masks to the US.

Azar and Chen, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), had an in-depth talk about disease prevention strategies, global health and safety, and touched upon Taiwan’s participation in the WHO, the office said.

“This morning I spoke with Minister Chen of Taiwan regarding the #COVID19 outbreak. I thanked him for Taiwan’s efforts to share their best practices and resources with the U.S.” Azar wrote on Twitter shortly after the telephone call. “Now, more than ever, global health partnership is crucial and I appreciate Taiwan’s contributions.”    [FULL  STORY]

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