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March 2020
MOST Center for Global Affairs and Science Engagement (GASE) , Taiwan
A Message from the Minister of Science and Technology (MOST), Taiwan
ministers Here at MOST, it is our innate responsibility to bring forth continuous innovation, and to support our national contingency measures against the coronavirus outbreak using the most advanced technologies.

For over 17 years, MOST has been working ceaselessly on epidemic prevention since the SARS outbreak in 2003. Among series of measures, specialized project was set up to provide funds to over 150 national labs and scientists on infectious diseases related researches. In addition, MOST continued to strengthen project structure and increase funding for more than 10 labs during the periods of serious outbreaks, such as avian influenza virus, dengue virus, and enterovirus.

MOST’s strong R&D power, outstanding basic science research foundation and accumulated experience on infectious diseases have greatly contributed to Taiwan’s effective epidemic on treatment and vaccine development, and the discovery of faster diagnostic test method.

Amid the ongoing outbreak, the dedication of MOST along with our research institutions and scientists have made tremendous accomplishments, including the promotion of general education on public health and epidemic prevention, the replication of Remdesivir, the isolation of virus strain, and the development of antibodies for coronavirus. These breakthroughs have undoubtedly proved that technology plays a critical role in supporting our nation’s battle against the current pandemic.

Aside from the epidemic control effort, MOST also prioritizes several key missions in the development of green and sustainable technologies. In this issue, we featured numerous exciting new researches, such as the CO2 reduction technology, a Subtropical Performance Test Bed for Innovative eNergy Research in Building (the SPIN Lab), sustainable hydrogen production, a microgrid with a virtual inertia design, and innovative research for battery safety and efficiency. Join us in exploring more of the amazing works done by some of Taiwan’s respected experts in the related fields.
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Liang-Gee Chen, PhD
Minister
Ministry of Science and Technology

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Timeline of Response to the Pandemic
The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has already spread worldwide. Taiwan's epidemic prevention measures have been highly appreciated internationally. Especially the research and development achievements in scientific and technological epidemic prevention, including infection control, drug development, virus strain analysis, rapid diagnostic test and vaccine development, have attracted attention. Although Taiwan's epidemic prevention measure is effective, frontline medical workers are still cautious about the challenges of imported cases.

GASE Newsletter will continue to report Taiwan’s proactive efforts to respond to the epidemic to readers.
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