Digital tools a key to fighting COVID, Taiwan tells APECmeeting

August 25, 2021

TAIPEI -- Taiwan has shared its experience in the use of digital tools to combat infectious disease at a virtual conference hosted by the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) grouping to spotlight Taiwan's commitment to working with fellow member economies to strengthen the regional response to COVID-19.

 Organised by the Centers for Disease Control under the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the two-day event involved 150 prominent academics, government officials and industry experts from Taiwan and 18 other countries and territories.

Topics discussed included community prevention measures, data privacy and protection, disease surveillance and risk assessments, resources allocation and public-private technology development partnerships.
 In his opening remarks, MOHW Deputy Minister, Hsueh Jui-yuan, said digital technology had been widely used around the world to combat the pandemic while facilitating relevant disease prevention and control efforts.

The conference, he said, would serve as a platform for APEC member economies to further discuss developing such tools to tackle ongoing challenges. (ATI)