Pandemic Proof: Learning from COVID-19 in Taiwan

December 15, 2022


Amid the global challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, certain countries stood out for their rapid and effective responses. One such country, Taiwan, had only 900 confirmed cases and 9 deaths during the first year of the pandemic—though the burden has more recently grown since Taiwan overturned its "zero-COVID" policy.

On this episode of Pandemic Proof from CGD, Dr. Yi-Chun Lo, Deputy Director-General of Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control and infectious disease physician at National Taiwan University Hospital, joins Javier Guzman to discuss Taiwan’s COVID-19 experience and broader pandemic preparedness and response efforts.

Together, they discuss the lessons Taiwan learned from previous outbreaks like SARS, successes and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the Taiwan model could be applied in other settings to better prepare the world for the next health emergency.


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