El Mundo, Spain’s second largest newspaper, published a special report on the “anniversary” of the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, compiling the world’s top 5 “miracle countries” in terms of pandemic prevention, and listed Taiwan at the top of the list.
The special report was an “annual review of the pandemic” that featured Taiwan, New Zealand, Korea, Japan and Finland as the top five countries in the world in terms of epidemic prevention.
The article analyzed the strategies of the five countries to determine what they did right.
El Mundo conducted an interview with Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) to understand Taiwan’s approach, and underlined three major points, including taking the pandemic seriously, having a “rapid response” and conducting “preemptive preparedness.”
The report claimed that Taiwan’s principles of rapid mobilization, decisive decision making, implementation, rational allocation of resources and open and transparent information are worthy of reference for all countries.
Chen told the newspaper by email that Taiwan’s experience in fighting the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 helped authorities respond quickly to the outbreak.
Because of its proximity to China, Taiwan quickly adopted three major epidemic prevention strategies, including strict assessment of border risks, high-tech and big data community prevention strategies, and strengthening of the medical system.
Chen said that Taiwan’s mid-term goal is to establish 65 percent of the population’s immunity. Chen added that Taiwan has, so far, signed the procurement of nearly 20 million doses of vaccine, and said if the vaccine supply goes without a hitch, it is estimated that at least 15 million people will receive a dose of vaccine by the end of February next year.
El Mundo is the second largest newspaper in Spain, and has a strict style of reporting and a dynamic stance to every issue. The daily circulation of paper and electronic newspapers reaches more than 5 million people, and the electronic newspaper is read by nearly 25 million people around the world.