My year in Taiwan shows the virus will exploit any hint of complacency

Posted by on July 11, 2021 5:45 am
Categories: Global Stories

I’ve had an almost pandemic-free existence reporting from the island nation, but it hasn’t all been a smooth ride

For much of this year, I’ve lived a mostly Covid-free life. Taiwan wasn’t just lucky. It had been traumatised by Sars, which it didn’t handle well, and established comprehensive epidemic plans for the next time. There was no talk of herd immunity or accepting mass deaths as inevitable. As far as Taiwan was concerned, Covid-19 wasn’t getting in, and if it tried they were ready.

Taiwan took full advantage of being an island to quarantine itself from the world. It funnelled entrants through a tightly controlled system defined by extreme caution.

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