Last week, I received a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot. As I live in the US, I was able to receive a Pfizer vaccine, which made me wonder about what has happened with Taiwan’s domestically manufactured COVID-19 vaccine Medigen. Due to the heated local elections, Taiwan’s COVID-19 response has repeatedly been called into question.
First, to be fair, Taiwan’s COVID-19 response was the envy of the world. Even today, Taiwan still has the fourth-fewest COVID-19 deaths per million people, after Singapore, Japan and New Zealand.
Second, from an economic standpoint, supporting domestic vaccine development was a no brainer — especially during a COVID-19-induced recession. Objectively speaking, the efficacy of the Medigen vaccine was reported to be 84 percent better than that of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Lastly, during the vaccine shortage, having an effective domestically manufactured vaccine might have given the Taiwanese government more leverage to negotiate with pharmaceutical giants, especially when the distributor for Pfizer/BioNtech was a company in Shanghai. It is hard to believe that without the availability of the Medigen vaccine, the Chinese distributor would not hold out for terms more beneficial to the Chinese Communist Party propaganda.
They say hindsight is 20/20, but even with 20/20 hindsight, I still find it difficult to criticize Taiwan’s COVID-19 response.
For Xi Jinping (習近平) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the military conquest of Taiwan is an absolute requirement for the CCP’s much more fantastic ambition: control over our solar system. Controlling Taiwan will allow the CCP to dominate the First Island Chain and to better neutralize the Philippines, decreasing the threat to the most important People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Strategic Support Force (SSF) space base, the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center on Hainan Island. Satellite and manned space launches from the Jiuquan and Xichang Satellite Launch Centers regularly pass close to Taiwan, which is also a very serious threat to the PLA,
Taiwan is beautiful — no doubt about it. In Taipei, the streets are clean, the skyline is gorgeous and the subway is world-class. The coastline is easily accessible and mountains can be seen in the distance. The people are hardworking, successful and busy. Every luxury known to humankind is available and people live on their smartphones. As an American visiting for the first time, here are some things I learned about the country. First, people from Taiwan and America love freedom and democracy and have for many years. When we defeated Japan in 1945, Taiwan was freed from Japanese rule. In
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