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       Taiwan CovID-19 fatality rate  end of Asia

National Insurance is in "a state of diseases"

  AFP, France24, 2022-4-7: Taiwan will move away from a zero-Covid policy and instead focus on tackling the most severe infections...One sticking point could be lacklustre vaccination rates...Vaccination rates among the elderly, the most vulnerable demographic, are also low.  france24.com/en/live-news/20220407-taiwan-to-move-away-from-zero-covid-strategy-minister  Financial Times (UK) , 2022-4-18  (ft.com/content/dd4a3bd0-8973-4222-9eed-f9bfe4c37691): Ho Mei-shang, an adjunct fellow at Academia Sinica says It would be a failure if some people even did not get the chance to get into the health facilities. "We must preserve the capacity of our health system for those who need it." United Daily, 2022-4-8, editorial: Taiwan's testing capacity and medication are obviously not good enough - Remdesivir only 16,000,  Paxlovid 4,000+ available.  udn.com/news/story/7338/6223069?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2   China Times, editorial, 2022-4-8: on average, one out of 1000 people can have antiCovID medication.  chinatimes.com/opinion/20220407004272-262101?chdtv 

China Times, 2022-4-19: Former medical chief 邱淑媞 : Instead of suggesting that the government expanding emergency quarantine rooms, or taking better anti-epidemic measures, Taiwan's medical Doctors ask politicians to push CovID-19 Omicron patients back home which might infect their families.  Irresponsible politicians neither provide the public N95 nor instruct how to use HEPA... chinatimes.com/opinion/20220419004783-262104?chdtv

 

◆ Nikkei Asia, 2022-5-5: Taiwan's ranking has plunged (down to No.94, behind most countries in Asia & Pacific, e.g., Japan, Korea, Singapore) in the latest edition of Nikkei's COVID-19 Recovery Index as the island transitions from a strict zero-virus strategy to living with the respiratory illness, even as infections surge.  South Korea ranking soars as infections plunge and mobility curbs ease.  newagebd.net, 2022-5-7: The index is maintained by Nikkei, Japan's leading business publication group that includes the Nikkei, Nikkei Asia, and the Financial Times (of London), assessing countries and regions on infection management, vaccine rollouts and social mobility. asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Recovery-Index/Taiwan-China-tumble-in-Nikkei-COVID-Recovery-Index-amid-outbreaks

 


STATISTA   2022-5-5

Coronavirus (COVID-19) death rate in countries with confirmed deaths
and over 1,000 reported cases as of April 26, 2022, by country
 
Characteristic (main country in Asia & Pacific) Death rate
Indonesia 2.58
Philippines 1.63
Taiwan 1.39
India 1.21
Saudi Arabia 1.2
Malaysia 0.8
China 0.69
Thailand 0.67
Vietnam 0.41
Japan 0.38
Laos 0.36
UAE 0.26
Mongolia 0.24
Qatar 0.19
S. Korea 0.13
Australia 0.12
Singapore 0.11
New Zealand 0.07
NZ Cook islands 0.02

statista.com/statistics/1105914/coronavirus-death-rates-worldwide/

 


STATISTA, 2022-4-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) death rate in countries
with confirmed deaths
and over 1,000 reported cases
 as of April 7, 2022, by country

 

Taiwan's death rate is highest
 among
major countries
in Asia & Pacific
 

country Death rate(%) Confirmed cases number of deaths
Taiwan* 3.38 25,225 853
Indonesia 2.58 6,026,324 155,464
Sri Lanka 2.49 662,342 16,486
Cambodia 2.25 135,834 3,055
Pakistan 1.99 1,526,093 30,361
Philippines 1.61 3,680,244 59,422
Bangladesh 1.49 1,951,903 29,123
India 1.21 43,031,958 521,530
Saudi Arabia 1.2 751,404 9,053
China 0.88 1,495,380 13,098
Malaysia 0.82 4,280,591 35,192
Thailand 0.68 3,807,908 25,788
Vietnam 0.43 9,980,464 42,712
Japan 0.42 6,830,997 28,462
Laos 0.36 188,985 684
Australia 0.13 4,910,819 6,495
South Korea 0.12 14,778,405 18,381
Singapore 0.11 1,123,886 1,287
New Zealand 0.06 741,987 426
statista.com/statistics/1105914/coronavirus-death-rates-worldwide/   2022-4-19

 

Oral antiviral pills for CovID
USA Taiwan
CNBC, 2022-3-1: President Joe Biden said Americans will be able to get Covid antiviral pills (Paxlovid or Merck's molnupiravir) for free if they test positive at a pharmacy. China Times, CTV news, 2022-4-27: oral antiviral pills for CovID are not enough
UDN, 2022-5-1: Americans can receive Paxlovid for free, by contrast, CDC asks Taiwanese to prepare medicines for curing a cold.  udn.com/news/story/7339/6279548?from=udn_ch2cate6643sub7339_pulldownmenu_v2
TVBS, TTV, 2022-4-28: CovID Patient aged 60+ was not allowed to stay in hospital or have Paxlovid, and died in the next day    news.ttv.com.tw/news/11104280010800I


In Bloomberg's
"Winners and Losers" from a year of ranking Covid resilience (Nov. 25, 2021), Taiwan was ranked No.31 among 53 countries.  Bloomberg, 2021-10-28: Taiwan's 3-month case-fatality rate is 7.7%, (2021-9-2813.4%) the worst worldwide, compared with Singapore's 0.2~0.3%, China 0%.  Taiwan's case-fatality rate is 4.38% (JHU, 2022-2-17), compared with 5.015% (2021-12-28) and 5.17% (2021-10-28 coronavirus.jhu.edu/region/taiwan, Microsoft Bing statistics), and 4.9% (July 2021) which ranked 8th highest worldwide according to Johns Hopkins University, China Post, 2021-7-14.  Statista : Taiwan's CovID-19 patient recovery rate (2020-1-22 ~ 2022-2-13) is 70.23%, Microsoft Bing statistics, 2022-2-14: recovered 0;     The father of CoronaVirus in Taiwan, 賴明詔, said Singapore's medical tech. is better, and the culture is different. ( e.g., Financial Times, 2021-6-1: Another problem appears to be cultural...other public health experts have been discouraged from challenging Health Minister......The country ... was not prepared for a surge of infections).  Guardian, 2021-6-7: Taiwan authorities hadn’t kept up with new scientific knowledge around virulent new strains...   theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/07/a-victim-of-its-own-success-how-taiwan-failed-to-plan-for-a-major-covid-outbreak  Statista, 2021-9-24: The number of physicians in Taiwan in 2020 is 51045, compared with 49542 in 2019.   The PCR test capacity in Singapore is 5+ times of that in Taiwan (https://udn.com/news/story/121823/5493969?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2) , but Singapore's population is about 1/4 Taiwan's.  FTV, 2021-7-12: Taiwan's CoVID high death rate is caused by inadequate medicine.  UDN, 2021-6-7: It's hard and sometimes too late for CovID-19 patients to have Remdesivir.  Bloomberg, 2021-7-25: Taiwan’s medical care system is run on a tight budget to keep costs affordable.  Taipei Medical University professor  comments Taiwan's medical quality is no longer good.  Taiwan's former medical chief 楊志良 (chinatimes.com/opinion/20210804005734-262104?chdtv) criticizes that the health & medical system has been damaged full text: CovID-19 in Taiwan   There's no any Taiwan's hospitals selected in "World's Best Hospitals - Newsweek" in 2020 and 2021.

 

 ABC News, 2021-11-11: Taiwan did not have any COVID-19 antibody drugs when the outbreak exploded in May.  Taiwan had a limited stock of remdesivir, an anti-viral drug from Gilead, "There wasn’t enough, you could only get it if you applied for it from the central government,”.  Further, it wasn't covered by the island's national health insurance scheme, making it affordable only for a small percent of the population.  That antibody treatments would not have made a huge difference in the number of deaths given a culture of being cautious in prescribing medications.   ref. to abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/taiwanese-families-covid-19-deaths-happen-81105354

 

 

 

 

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pic. right: No.1 "medical Doctors in Taiwan" on ecosia of Germany ,  2022-4-23, 2022-3-12, 2022-2-17, 2022-1-24, 2021-12-31, 2021-11-11, 2021-10-28, 2021-10-15, 2021-9-30, 2021-9-6, 2021-8-20, 2021-8-7, 2021-7-18, 2021-7-11, 2021-6-29, 2021-6-24, 2021-6-16,   2021-5-31 pic. left: No.1 "physicians in Taiwan" on ecosia of Germany,  2022-4-23, 2022-3-12, 2022-2-17, 2022-1-24, 2021-12-31, 2021-11-11, 2021-9-30, 2021-9-6,  2021-8-20, 2021-8-7, 2021-7-18, 2021-7-11, 2021-6-29, 2021-6-24, 2021-5-31, 2021-5-25, 2021-4-27,  2021-4-10, 3-10-2021, 8-17-2020   

 

 

      

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Some government's research projects such as
「2019年西醫師人力發展估計畫期末報告」,「衛生福利部104年度科技研究計畫」by Dr. Chao A. Hsiung, 熊昭 conclude: the supply shortage pf physicians (M.D.) would be possible, given that the number of regional hospitals increasing one per year till end of 2020, as for other scenarios, supply exceeds demand.  The Liberty Times (opinion, 12-22-2020, https://talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1420360王宏育) notes that, on average, one medical Doctor is for 250- patients in Taipei city, 500- patients in Taiwan, besides, about 1500 Doctors graduate from medical school in each year, Taiwan's current problem are (1) the more Doctors, the heavier burden to insurance system, (2) inequality  ―  the underprivileged minority in remote places needs better medical care.  In contrast, according to WEF<Travel and tourism competitiveness report> (released at 9-4-2019), Taiwan's Health & Hygiene (including "physicians density" ) score 6.0 is worse than that of No.16 Japan, No. 17 Korea, and Australia, Mongolia.   According to  WEF<Travel and tourism competitiveness report> (released at 4-6-2017), Taiwan's "Physician density" ranks pretty bad   ―   world No. 65 (No. 57 in 2015's report).  

                                                             Num. of physicians in Taiwan from '12 to '20               https://www.statista.com/statistics/860217/taiwan-physician-number/

yr

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

number

40,938 41,965 42,961 44,006 44,849 46,356 47,471 49,542 51045

increase

  1,027 996 1,045 843 1,507 1,115 2,071 1503

According to Wikipedia (2021-5-5) and Liberty Times (2020-1-6),  Taiwan's doctor-to-population ratio (see pic. below) almost hit lowest in Asia, behind Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam...even Myanmar,  Doctor visits about 2 to 5 minutes per patient.  Taiwan also suffers a shortage of nurses.  For budget factor, Taiwan's system has no regard for faculties of risk (surgery, internal medicine, gynaecology, pediatrics, emergency), which affects the medicine, operation and diagnostic tools (X-ray vs. MRI) prescribed.  The government said (LTN, 2020-1-6) the upper limit, 1,300, of new Doctors in each year will be reevaluated.  Scholar 鄭英耀 criticized the big imbalance of medical resource between Taipei and Kaohsiung, TaiTung, PinTung, remote places, mountains, which should be improved urgently.  As for other indexes, Taiwan loses Hong Kong, Macau (China), Singapore, S. Korea etc in indexes such as Life Expectancy at birth, Death per 1,000 Population, and Health-Care Cost, etc (see pic. below).  Taiwan was not included in top 100 "best healthcare in the world, 2021" by world population review (worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/best-healthcare-in-the-world).  None of Taiwan's hospitals were selected in Newsweek's "World Best Hospitals 2020", but many hospitals in Asia's Singapore, Japan, South Korea, India etc were included in top 100 (see pic. below) Taiwan's high education was ranked around No. 8 ~ No. 10 among Asian & Pacific countries in Nature Index (2020), Times Higher Education-World University Rank (2021),  Quacquarelli Symonds UK (2021) full text , etc.   Apple Daily (6-30-2018) notes Taiwan's only pride left, health insurance, includes no preventive health care and health promotion, and will worsen within next 10 years for political factors.   Apple Daily (6-30-2018) pointed out Taiwan's only pride left, health insurance, includes no preventive health care and health promotion, and will worsen within next 10 years for political factors. 

 

World's Best Hospitals 2022

newsweek.com/worlds-best-hospitals-2022

world rank country Asia hospital
No.12 Singapore Singapore General Hospital
No.13 Japan The University of Tokyo Hospital
23 Japan St. Luke's International Hospital
30 S. Korea Asan Medical Center
43 S. Korea Samsung Medical Center
46 Japan Kameda Medical Center
55 S. Korea Seoul National University Hospital
70 S. Korea Severance Hospital - Yonsei University
76 Japan  Kyushu University Hospital
78 Japan Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine
87 S. Korea Catholic Univ. of Korea - Seoul St. Mary
89 S. Korea Seoul National University - Bundang Hospital
98 Singapore National Univ, Hospital
number of selected hospitals in top 100 list  -  S. Korea : 6; Japan: 5 ; Singapore: 2

 

World's Best Hospitals 2021

www.newsweek.com/best-hospitals-2021

world rank country hospital
No.8 Singapore Singapore General Hospital
No.16 Japan The University of Tokyo Hospital
18 Japan St. Luke's International Hospital
34 S. Korea Asan Medical Center
42 S. Korea Seoul National University Hospital
43 Japan Kameda Medical Center
62 Japan  Kyushu University Hospital
71 Japan Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine
73 S. Korea Center Hospital of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine
76 S. Korea Severance Hospital - Yonsei University
84 Japan Kyoto University Hospital
87 S. Korea Seoul National University - Bundang Hospital
91 Japan Kurashiki Central Hospital
97 S. Korea Korea University - Anam Hospital
number of selected hospitals in top 100 list  - Japan: 7 ;  S. Korea : 6; Singapore: 1
101-200 S. Korea
101-200 India 2  All India Institute of Medical Sciences - Delhi, Medanta The Medicity
101-200 Thailand 1   Bumrungrad International Hospital
101-200 Singapore 2   Gleneagles Hospital,  National University Hospital
101-200 Japan 10
total number of selected hospitals - Japan: 17 ;  S. Korea : 12 ; Singapore: 3; India: 2; Thai: 1

ref to Wikipedia : physicians density in Asia

 Newsweek:  World Best Hospitals 2020

Asia's rankings country  physicians
per 10,000 people
global
rankings
country hospitals
1 Qatar 77.4 8 Singapore Singapore General Hospital
2 N Korea 33 16 Japan St Luke's Int'l Hospital
3 Australia 32.7 18 Japan  The U of Tokyo Hospital
4 Lebanon 32 28 Australia Royal Melbourne Hospital
5 Mongolia 28.4 31 Singapore National Univ Hospital 
6 New Zealand 27.4 36 Australia Alfred Hospital
7 Jordan 25.6 42 S. Korea Samsung Medical Center
8 UAE 25.3 45 Japan Kyoto Univ Hospital
9 Saudi Arabia 24.9 50-100 India All India Institute of Medical Sciences
10 Japan 23 Japan Kameda Medical Center
11 Korea 21.4 S. Korea Korea Univ Anam Hospital
12 Singapore 19.5 Japan Kurashiki Center Hospital
13 China 14.9 Japan Kyushu Univ Hospital
14 Malaysia 12 Japan Osaka Univ Hospital
15 Philippines 12 Australia Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital
16 Vietnam 11.9 Australia Royal prince Alfred Hospital
17 Iran 9 S. Korea Seoul National Univ - Bundang Hospital
18 Pakistan 8.3 S. Korea Seoul National Univ Hospital
19 Indonesia 8 S. Korea Severance Hospital
20 India 7 S. Korea The Catholic Univ of Korea - St. Mary's Hospital
21 Myanmar 6.1

 table. above:  newsweek.com/best-hospitals-2020

 

table left: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_and_dependencies_by_number_of_physicians
, data:  2007-2013

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_in_Taiwan   2021-5-5

 

talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1343896   Liberty Times, 2020-1-6

talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1343897
talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1343895

22 Iraq 6.1
23 Thai 3.9
24 Laos 1.8
25 Cambodia 1.7

Doctors per 10,000 people in Taiwan

  Taipei Southern and Eastern Taiwan (Kaohsiung, PinTung, TaiTung, PonHo), remote places
physicians (內科醫師) 5.01 2.12
surgeon (外科醫師) 1.77 0.82
Pediatrics (小兒科) 1.11 0.46
Obstetrics & Gynecology (婦產) 0.86 0.42
Accident & Emergency (急診) 0.82 0.47
Liberty Times, 2020-1-6;talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1343896

 

Health Care Costs By Country 2021   World population Data Sheet, PRB  2020-7-10  

 

Global
Rankings
Country Global
Rankings
Country Country Life Expectancy
 at birth
L.Expectancy
(Male)
L.Expectancy
(Female)
Death per 1000 population
1 China 27 Myanmar China HK 85 82 88 6
2 India 28 South Korea Macau 84 81 87 3
4 Indonesia 36 Iraq Japan 84 81 87 11
5 Pakistan 41 Saudi Arabia Singapore 83 81 85 5
8 Bangladesh 45 Malaysia S Korea 83 80 86 6
11 Japan 49 Nepal Taiwan 80 77 84 7
13 Philippines 54 North Korea    
15 Vietnam 57 Taiwan  

worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/health-care-costs-by-country

worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/best-healthcare-in-the-world    2021

prb.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/letter-booklet-2020-world-population.pdf

18 Iran 58 Sri Lanka
20 Thailand 71 Cambodia 

According to professor 林鴻志 on Apple Daily (2021-5-8, tw.appledaily.com/forum/20210508/3DJUH6VA2ZEKDEIOXXCAHEER4E/ ), Taiwan's neonatal mortality rate is ranked at latter part of OECD countries, top 5 death causes are congenital anomaly chromosome abnormalities, respiratory diseases, PNM, Perinatal mortality, illness related to fetal growth & gestation, accidents and perinatal infection.  The government needs to improve national insurance coverage, on such as a well-trained and licensed Doctor should be on the site when a child was born, to decrease the possibility of complication.   The statistics by CIA Factbook and Wikipedia show Taiwan's Infant Mortality ranks world No. 41 and is behind countries of Asia & Pacific like Japan, Singapore, HK, S. Korea, Australia, Macau and NZ in 2020 as well as in 2018. (see table below)

Infant mortality (deaths/1,000 live births) – 2018 and 2020 estimates

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_infant_and_under-five_mortality_rates

rankings country death/1,000 live births(2020) death/1,000 live births (2018)

Doctors per 10,000 people in Taiwan

  Taipei Southern and Eastern Taiwan (Kaohsiung, PinTung, TaiTung, PonHo), remote places
physicians 5.01 2.12
surgeon 1.77 0.82
Pediatrics 1.11 0.46
Obstetrics & Gynecology  0.86 0.42
Accident & Emergency 0.82 0.47
Liberty Times, 2020-1-6;
talk.ltn.com.tw/article/paper/1343896
1 (2) Japan 1.9 2.0
2 (5) Singapore 2.3 2.3
3 (12) Hong Kong 2.7 2.7
4 (13) S. Korea 3 3.0
5 (14) Australia 3.1 4.2
5 (15) Macau 3.1 3.1
6 (30) NZ 3.5 4.1
7 (41) Taiwan 4.2 4.3

Taiwan only ranks world 45th position in Lancet's Healthcare Access and Quality Index released in 2017 (based on mortality from causes amenable to personal health care in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2015: a novel analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study, 2015),  some chronic disease items got very low scores, e.g.,   Leukemia score 49,  Kidney disease 50, Gallbladder & biliary 57, Hypertensive Heart Disease 60,   diabetes mellitus 58, etc.  But, according to Lancet's Measuring performance on the Healthcare Access and Quality Index released at May 23, 2018,  from 1990 to 2016, 186 of 195 countries and territories significantly increased their HAQ Index score, South Korea, Taiwan (Province of China), and Cyprus recorded the largest improvements among high-SDI countries.  Taiwan's HAQ is still behind other Asia & Pacific countries, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and USA.

Lancet's national or territory

estimates of the HAQ Index

yr. 2016 2000  
Australia 95.9 90.4
Japan 94.1 86.9
New Zealand 92.4 87.0
Singapore 90.6 79.7
S Korea 90.3 74.4
USA 88.7 86.8
Taiwan 85.4 71.8

  Taiwan ranks world 45th in Lancet's Healthcare Access and Quality Index released in 2017
   
   

http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(17)30818-8.pdf  

 

In Lancet, Jun. 2018, Taiwan's NM skin cancer (20)  , congenital heart (69 ), chronic kidney (55)  , Diabetes (60 ), gallbladder ( 64 ), hypertensive HD  (61), stroke  (63)  , Lower respiratory infections (LRIs), peptic ulcer, got low scores, but Hernia,Diphtheria, Tetanu, URls  , Maternal disorders, leukemia, chronic respiratory got excellent scoreIn lancet healthcare access and quality index (Jun. 2018), Taiwan is behind some other countries of Asia and Pacific, Australia, Japan, NZ, Singapore, Korea, Lebanon

 

Besides, Apple Daily (2021-4-23) points out that the neurology (taking care of the most number of Persons with Disabilities) and its patients have been often ignored by government and national insurance system.  ( tw.appledaily.com/forum/20210423/DMJGXHAOSBGO5J5KUNRFL5MVSA/ )

AIT (American de facto embassy to Taiwan,  ait.org.tw/u-s-citizen-services/doctors/) made some comments about Taiwan's medical system : (1) huge numbers of physicians in large hospitals have received training abroad – most of them in the U.S. (2) In most Taiwanese emergency rooms, patients lying on gurneys crowded everywhere – sometimes down the hall and out the door  (3)  Hospital based outpatient clinics differ dramatically from Western notions of privacy and the doctor-patient relationship (4) In some instances, the ambulances are short of trained technicians or/and medical equipments......  

As for CovID-19 , in Bloomberg's CovID-19 Resilience Ranking (2021-6-28),  Taiwan plunges into the bottom half of the Ranking , accentuated by a lagging vaccination drive and a resurgent outbreak; compared with the same list No. 4 in April, and No. 15 in May 2021.  Taiwan's death rate is double global average.  Taiwan's recovery rate  is much worse than that of other major countries of Asia & Pacific.  According to  CovID-19 Taiwan deaths - Google Search, 2021-5-27, Singapore 99.1%, Hong Kong 97.6%, China 94.5%, Korea 92.75%, Japan 88.9%,  (pic. below).  Media reports (UDN, 2021-6-7) Taiwanese patients in serious situation waiting for about one week but failed to get Remdesivir, a specific remedy for cure coronavirus, in spite of that CovID headquarter declares Remdesivir in stock is enough.  In short, the stock is enough because they don't give you. (udn.com/news/story/7339/5513808?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2) 

  China Times, editorial, 2021-6-9: The medicine for patients is not enough which made high death rate and high number of severe CovID disease.
chinatimes.com/opinion/20210608005991-262101?chdtv  CTV news, 2021-6-9: In 2020, only 1 hospital, NTUH,  can use  Remdesivir, a specific remedy for CovID-19 patients, in earlier this year, all hospitals need CDC's approval (was rejected quite often) and usually 8 ~ 12 hours for patients to use it, sometimes it's too late to save lives.  CTV news, 2021-6-30, 19:11: CovID patient in Ministry of Health's PingTung Hospital got nothing but antipyretic, cough medicine.  Besides, Taiwan did not use Monoclonal antibody  in the first place to save patients.  Will Taiwan's national Insurance system treat patients with other critical diseases like this ?  Taipei Medical University professor says "we should no more think Taiwan's medical quality is quite good" (udn.com/news/story/7339/5513808?from=udn-catehotnews_ch2).  Global Times criticizes "Taiwan authorities have no intention or power to fight the epidemic at all.",  "Taiwan's COVID-19 fight has been a mess and the Taiwan authorities can only play tricks to make up for their mistakes".   globaltimes.cn/page/202106/1225525.shtml globaltimes.cn/page/202106/1225540.shtml (ps: they regard politics more).  China Times, 2021-6-26: some medical expert's critiques lead to being "horror attack" by internet army.  No wonder some experts might doubt Taiwan's pride - national insurance system, treats money more than its nationals' health and lives.
  The lawmaker blasted (2021-6-9 news) what color the Health minister's heart is !   To learn further details about CovID-19 in Taiwan

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
moneyweb.co.za/news/international/winners-and-losers-from-a-year-of-ranking-covid-resilience/
Taiwan successfully eliminated and kept out Covid in the first year , now it is in the bottom half among 53 countries

 


STATISTA, 2022-4-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) death rate in countries with confirmed deaths
and over 1,000 reported cases as of April 7, 2022, by country

 

Taiwan's CovID death rate is highest among major countries in Asia & Pacific
 

country Death rate(%) Confirmed cases number of deaths
Taiwan* 3.38 25,225 853
Indonesia 2.58 6,026,324 155,464
Sri Lanka 2.49 662,342 16,486
Cambodia 2.25 135,834 3,055
Pakistan 1.99 1,526,093 30,361
Philippines 1.61 3,680,244 59,422
Bangladesh 1.49 1,951,903 29,123
India 1.21 43,031,958 521,530
Saudi Arabia 1.2 751,404 9,053
China 0.88 1,495,380 13,098
Malaysia 0.82 4,280,591 35,192
Thailand 0.68 3,807,908 25,788
Vietnam 0.43 9,980,464 42,712
Japan 0.42 6,830,997 28,462
Laos 0.36 188,985 684
Australia 0.13 4,910,819 6,495
South Korea 0.12 14,778,405 18,381
Singapore 0.11 1,123,886 1,287
New Zealand 0.06 741,987 426
statista.com/statistics/1105914/coronavirus-death-rates-worldwide/   2022-4-19