On June 6, Su Zhenchang, Executive President, held an expanded epidemic prevention meeting about organizing medical supplies amid the new Covid situation. The number of new cases in the north fell while new cases are rising gradually in the central and southern areas. Zhuang Renxiang, a spokesman for the Central Epidemic Command, expects that the epidemic in these regions will reach its peak within a week.

Matters discussed in the meeting included domestic and foreign epidemic assessment, medical capacity inventory, specially dedicated hospital beds and negative pressure rooms, antibiotic tablets, children’s vaccine administration, etc.  

According to the command center, the current domestic epidemic is still widespread in the community, with more than 510,000 new cases in the past week. In addition, the impact of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday last week hasn’t been estimated yet.

Health bureaus were required to open 20% dedicated wards in hospitals with a capacity of more than 500 beds and 10% in those with 200 beds to prevent a shortage of hospital beds and wards. 

Back on May 1, Premier Su announced that Taiwan’s anti-pandemic measures would not be like China’s. He called China’s lockdown ‘cruel.’ Taiwan will follow a more gradual method.

The command center also stated that there are 2,444 dispense and storage Paxlovid oral antiviral drug points, 953 more than last week. In addition, since June 1, the Health Bureau has also opened up the allocation of drugs to residential long-term care institutions, responsible medical institutions, or health centers in the jurisdiction to store Molnupiravir oral antiviral drugs as needed.

The coverage rate of the domestic vaccination population has reached 90% for the first dose, 82.05% for the second dose and 66.47% for the third dose making the cumulative number of vaccinations exceed 55.58 million. 282,000 Moderna doses and 572,000 Pfizer doses were given to children aged 5 to 11. About 143,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17 have received the third dose.

After the first round of Real-Name System household screening, which took place from May 28 to June 5, 49,828,445 doses were sold. The second round started on June 6. As a result, each pharmacy’s average sales of quick screening kits increased from 78 to 117. Since April 12, the command center has distributed 22,903,698 kits per the needs of the local authority’s public health system.

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