Taiwan CovID-19
recovery rate, case-fatality rate (death rate), vaccination rate (vaccine coverage) ... are behind
   
         comment Taiwan Coronavirus epidemic/pandemic , vaccine privilege, abuse power to allocate vaccines,
                                               queue-jumping by connections, worsens class-contradiction, 
 gov.'s hiding / cheating
           
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status: vaccination / New York Times, 2021-9-16: Taiwan's 1st doses vaccine coverage 48% (UAE, 92%, Qatar 83%Singapore 81%,  China78%, Mongolia 70%Cambodia 70, Malaysia 68%, Japan 65%, Saudi arabia 67, Sri Lanka  62,  Hong Kong 59%,  S. Korea 67%Macau 53%, Australia 56%New Zealand 60%, Laos 37,  Thailand 39, India 42 , Indonesia 27,  Nepal 21,  Labanon 21, Philippines - , Pakistan 24 , Vietnam 26); New York Times, , 2021-9-16: Taiwan fully vaccinated 4.5% (UAE, 81%, Qatar 78%Singapore 79%,  China 69%, Mongolia 66%Cambodia 59, Malaysia 55%, Japan 52%, Saudi Arabia 50, Sri Lanka 49,  Hong Kong 52%,  S. korea 40%Macau 46%, Australia 35%New Zealand 31%, Laos 26, Thailand 18, India 13 , Indonesia 16,  Nepal 18, Lebanon 17,  Philippines 16, Pakistan 11 , Vietnam 5.8)Economist, 2021-9-16: Taiwan 1st doses 53.5(E. asia 98.6%,  Qatar 135.1%China 131%,   UAE 103.3%,  Mongolia 92.6%,  Cambodia 91.7, Singapore 88.1%, Malaysia 82.5%,  Saudi Arabia 82.3, Sri Lanka 78%,  S. Korea 74.8%,  New Zealand 72, Japan  71.5%,  Australia 66, India 52.2 , Thailand 45% )    fatality rate / Bloomberg, 2021-8-26: Taiwan's 3-month case fatality rate is 7.6%, which is worst among Asian countries, compared with China's 0%, Singapore's 0.4%.  Johns Hopkins University, Microsoft Bing statistics, WorldoMeters, 2021-9-16: Taiwan CovID19 case-fatality rate 5.21%  which is increased  from 4.9% which ranked 8th highest worldwide according to Johns Hopkins University, China Post, 2021-7-14.  recovered /  Taiwan CovID-19 recovery rate (2020-1-22 ~ 2021-9-12): 85.8%; Microsoft Bing statistics, 2021-9-14: all time recovered: 0;  Taiwan CDC, 2021-9-3: end-of-quarantine: 92.7%.  Worldometers, 2021-9-14: CovID-19 recovery rate 93.3%.  
news: Telegraph (UK), 2021-9-10: People think pilots are murderers because we brought back the virus’: Taiwan’s Covid scapegoats‘Imprisoned’ by quarantine and isolated from their families, flight crews have become social pariahs telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/people-think-pilots-murderers-brought-back-virus-taiwans-covid/   Bloomberg, 2021-9-6, 2021-8-23: Taiwan has one of the lowest fully vaccination rates among developed economies worldwide. Buying enough vaccines has proven a challenge (brief: bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-22/taiwan-rolls-out-first-homegrown-shots-to-bypass-vaccine-woes)  NY Times, 2021-8-23: Taiwan begins homegrown vaccine before its effectiveness and safety have been proved. nytimes.com/2021/08/23/world/asia/taiwan-homegrown-covid-vaccine.html    CNN, 2021-8-23: Taiwan could become increasingly isolated if it keeps pursuing its "Covid zero" strategy  edition.cnn.com/2021/08/23/asia/tsai-ing-wen-covid-vaccine-taiwan-intl-hnk/index.html

 New York Times, 2021-5-25: The model citizen of the world now has become a bit of a problem child (nytimes.com/2021/05/25/arts/music/taiwan-covid-shutdown-music.html.  After paying dearly - high death rate 87 times that in Singapore, Taiwan's critical situation was temporarily improved - "bleeding" was paused because of tight borders, strict quarantine, contact tracing system and mandated mass mask-wearing Independent (UK) comments : "Taiwan’s pandemic control measures is the thorough quarantine for patients tested positive for Covid-19", “This is the critical step that the US and other western countries aren’t able to take ".(independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/taiwan-covid-tutor-sex-pandemic-b1887296.html New York Post (4-25-2020) : Taiwan deals with CovID-19 with "a lot more authoritarian". so does its vaccine-allocation measure.

  

  human lives are not Taiwan's main concerns

According to Bloomberg's Resilience Ranking (2021-8-26), Taiwan's 3-month case-fatality rate is worst among Asian countries, 3rd worst worldwide.  Johns Hopkins University (2021-7-22): Taiwan has one of the world's highest case-fatality rates.    Bloomberg, 2021-7-26 (bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-25/an-unusually-deadly-outbreak-in-taiwan-was-driven-by-complacency) : The high fatality rate in Taiwan is due to the virus wave hitting older people, with 90% of deaths occurring in those aged 60 or older Taiwan's CDC said 97% of those who died of Covid-19 were over 50 (2021-7-4). US CDC Jun. 2021: The risk increases for people in their 50s and increases in 60s, 70s... which is similar to what happened in Taiwan.  

However, human lives have never been government's main concern.  The gov. once eliminated senior citizens aged 65-75 from vaccination list from very beginning, later gave
those aged 50~99 and weak people with severe illness 10th ~ 6th low priorities to get vaccinated. 
In Israel, people aged 60 are first priority group to get inoculated, but in Taiwan they are the last (10th) priority, in democratic countries, cancer and severe patients are top priority group, but in Taiwan, they are the 9th, the second to last, group.  By contrast, a large number of officers (gov., military, etc) were offered 2nd priority, the number of officials is still expanding "unlimitedly" without check or supervise (Next TV, 2021-9-1), and lots of black-box privileged people jumped the queue, according to UDN July '21, despite WHO's advises that government leaders and admin. personnel should be narrowly interpreted to "a very small number of individuals" (for vaccination).  Near half of officials (in 2nd priority group) are fully vaccinated, but only 1% of the elders aged 75+ got 2nd shot (China Times, 2021-9-8).  Till Sept. 8, Taiwan's CDC several times avoids answering media's question about the vaccination rate of the vulnerable - aged 50~64 and people with severe disease, in total 9~10 millions people.  This is consistent with Taiwan's style  no virus-test for the public (New York Times, 2021-5-20: "excessively 'frugal' approach") and no medicine Remdesivir for patients, which caused more deaths (udn.com/news/story/7339/5513808?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2  ).

 

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