Department of Health (DOH) Minister Yeh Ching-chuan (葉金川) yesterday said the DOH and the Bureau of National Health Insurance were working on including Tamiflu and related drugs, such as a vaccine for the A(H1N1) virus under the national health insurance.
Health insurance bureau Vice President Lee Cheng-hua (李丞華) said a preliminary evaluation of the plan would be finished no later than Friday.
On Friday, Taiwan reported its first severe case of domestic swine flu. The 34-year-old man came down with a fever, a cough and a soar throat on July 2 and was hospitalized on July 9 with tachypnea, or abnormally fast breathing. The patient is being treated in an intensive care unit and shows signs of multiple organ failure.
Saying that further cases were unavoidable, Yeh yesterday expressed regret at the news concerning the 34-year-old.
Yeh said the DOH would purchase 10 million doses of a vaccine for the H1N1 virus. Five million doses would be manufactured by a domestic company and would be ready by October.
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY CNA