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Taiwan’s Top Virus Expert Is Also The Vice President


As the first reports surfaced of a mysterious pneumonia spreading in Wuhan, China, in December, Taiwan’s vice president, Chen Chien-jen, jumped into action. He ordered the authorities to screen travelers from China and to isolate people showing symptoms of the virus.

Mr. Chen had spent his career preparing for this moment — he is an epidemiologist and an expert in viruses who trained at Johns Hopkins.

Leading Taiwan’s response to the outbreak has made Mr. Chen a target of anger among Chinese commentators, but he rejects their criticism. “China has to be focused more on Covid-19 control rather than politics,” he said.

Courtesy – NyTimes

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