By Shelley Shan / Staff Reporter
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) must personally lead the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic so that staff and resources can be immediately available to those in need, according to a statement by New Power lawmakers. Party.
NPP lawmakers Chiu Hsien-chih (邱顯智), Claire Wang (王婉 諭) and Chen Jiau-hua (陳 椒 華) issued the statement as the country struggled with a COVID-19 outbreak triggered by several cluster infections occurred in the past month.
Hospitals, especially those in Taipei and New Taipei City, say their staff and resources have shrunk due to the surge in the number of COVID-19 patients who are ill.
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“The current chain of power can no longer carry the heavy responsibility of fighting the war against pandemic. In other countries, the president or prime minister will fully lead the front line in the fight,” they said. .
“President Tsai should mandate that all staff and resources can be easily directed to the people in need,” they added.
Previously, the private sector was allowed to obtain vaccines directly from international drug companies and provide them to the government, and the government offered assistance at the time of purchase to ensure vaccines were safe, according to the party.
Such cooperation today will not only serve as the best example of public-private partnership, but will also ensure the quality of vaccines, as well as the health and safety of the public, it added.
“Since last year, the government’s efforts to purchase vaccines have been hampered by political reasons. If the government has to force it, rather than donors, sign contracts with pharmaceutical companies, it will only experience the recurring shortage, ”according to the NPP.
Tsai should applaud all efforts from the private sector to overcome political barriers to ensure vaccines, which are not included in those made in China, it said.
People who have been injected with COVID-19 vaccines should be covered by the country’s vaccine harm compensation system, regardless of whether they received vaccines purchased by the government or the private sector, it added.
The party also questioned why the Ministry of Health and Welfare was in a hurry to sign contracts with local companies Medigen Vaccine Biologics and United Biomedical to preorder a total of 10 million doses of the vaccine, even if the vaccines have not yet completed phase 2 clinical trials.
The announcement gives people the impression that the government is forcing them to buy vaccines at home, regardless of test results, it said.
The public ministry must explain the reasons for its ruling, as the party does.
“We shouldn’t risk our lives on home vaccines with unconfirmed test results,” it said.
The government should focus on partnering with the private sector to get vaccines that are proven safe to use, and then quickly make them available to the public, in addition to the party.
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