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Bloomberg, Nov. 25, 2021  

"Winners and Losers" from a year of ranking Covid resilience

 Pandemic MVPs - Only 7 places never fell into the bottom half of the ranking

world rank country of Asia & Pacific Asia's rank
4/53 U.A.E. 1
6 S. Korea 2
8 Mainland China 3
9 Hong Kong 4
10 Saudi Arabia 5
12 Japan 6
13 Australia 7
17 New Zealand 8
20 Singapore 9
30 Pakistan 10
31 Taiwan 11
32 Bangladesh 12
Taiwan successfully eliminated and kept out Covid in the first year , now it is in the bottom half among 53 countries

 fatality rate / Bloomberg, 2021-10-28 : Taiwan's 3-month case fatality rate 7.7%, 2021-9-28: 13.4%, both are worst worldwide, compared with China's 0%, Singapore's 0.2~0.3%.  Johns Hopkins University, Microsoft Bing statistics, WorldoMeters, 2021-11-30Taiwan CovID19 case-fatality rate 5.11%  which is increased  from 4.9% which ranked 8th highest worldwide according to Johns Hopkins University, China Post, 2021-7-14.  recovered / Statista: Taiwan CovID-19 recovery rate (2020-1-22 ~ 2021-11-28): 82.84% ;  Bing: Taiwan's recovered: 0;

vaccination rate

vaccine coverage, comparison among countries of Asia & Pacific


New York Times, 2021-11-19 Economist, 2021-11-19
vaccinated  % fully vaccinated  %

People aged 12+
with 1st
doses  %

People aged 12+ with 2nd dose

Taiwan 76  Taiwan 44 Taiwan  84.0 Taiwan  48.9
UAE 99+ UAE 90 E. Asia  85.3 E. Asia 61.7
Singapore 89 Singapore  88 UAE 112.7 UAE 101.6
Cambodia  85 Cambodia  80 Cambodia 112.3 Cambodia 105.5
China mainland 85 Qatar 78  Malaysia 97.5  Malaysia 94.8
Qatar 83 mainland 77 Singapore 96.1 Singapore 95.0 
S. Korea 81 Malaysia 78 mainland 96.0 mainland 87.0
Malaysia 80 S. Korea 78 NZ  93.6 NZ 84.8
Japan 79 Japan 76   Mongolia 93.0 Mongolia 88.4
 NZ 78 NZ 70 Qatar  92.1 Qatar  86.6
 Australia  78 Australia  71 Sri Lanka 91.4 Sri Lanka 78.8
Macau  74 Saudi Arabia 65 Australia 91.4 Australia 84.1
Saudi Arabia 71  Mongolia 67  S. Korea 91.1  S. Korea 87.2
Mongolia 70 Sri Lanka 63 Saudi Arabia 88.0  Saudi Arabia 79.6
Sri Lanka 73 HK 60  Japan 87.1 Japan 84.1
  Macau 57    
  Thailand 54    



news: aljazeera, 2021-11-26: Taiwan continues to pursue an isolationist "zero CovID-19" policy.  Taiwan's border restrictions remain some of the strictest in the world.  Because:
(1) a low tolerance on any community outbreak
(2) with a national referendum looming in Dec. and local elections in 2022 for key posts ... the gov. is seen to have little incentive to open up ...


news: Scuffles in Taiwan parliament for CovID-19 surge /

nABC news, 9-29: Taiwan lawmakers brawl amid anger over COVID response.   The KMT party called recently shortened quarantine requirements for pilots a “big breach”.   many Youtubers' comments were supportive of the brawl. Some praised the Kuomingtang for “becoming stronger.   abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/taiwan-lawmakers-break-brawl-policy-speech-80276994

nReuters, 9-28: Scuffles in Taiwan parliament, premier blocked from podium in COVID dispute .  The KMT members then scuffled with DPP counterparts and threw things at the dais...Taiwan's legislature does see unruly scenes from time to time and rivals have been known to punch each other.  news.yahoo.com/scuffles-taiwan-parliament-premier-blocked-102314300.html

nNew York Post, 9-28 In the ensuing melee, a few lawmakers were shoved to the ground and others poured out bottles of water onto their opponents.  Many had suspected the outbreak had come from pilots returning home who only had to do three-day quarantines. The original source of the May outbreak hasn't been officially confirmed.    nypost.com/2021/09/28/taiwan-lawmakers-brawl-during-policy-speech/

nUS News, 9-28: The KMT has been demanding that Premier Su Tseng-chang apologise for his government's handling of the coronavirus, especially quarantine lapses that might have led to a spike in cases beginning in May    usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-09-28/scuffles-in-taiwan-parliament-premier-blocked-from-podium-in-covid-dispute


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...may be ... bullied to the point of doing fatal mistakes telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/people-think-pilots-murderers-brought-back-virus-taiwans-covid/  

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 (Sept., Oct., 2021), Taiwan's 3-month case-fatality rate is 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