Taiwan has been relatively effective in combating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) based on our experience with SARS in 2003, the promotion of science and technology development by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in recent years, and the proactive prevention strategies followed by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). We have one of the world’s top healthcare systems, strong research capabilities, and transparent governmental information which allows us to share accurate health information with the public both in Taiwan and around the world. Therefore, the domestic COVID-19 outbreak is well under control in Taiwan despite our geographical proximity to China. Our experience may shed some light to the world: the human capacity to overcome challenges together is limitless.
Facing the COVID-19 outbreak, MOST continues to support the CECC with scientific techniques based on the accumulated experiences of rapid virus screening and vaccine research and development. In the future, MOST will also work with universities to establish 3-5 epidemic scientific research prevention centers to develop rapid screening reagents and vaccines. While fighting the epidemic, MOST is playing a key role in helping Taiwan accumulate research capacity and in dealing with difficulties, expecting research organizations with a solid scientific foundation and technological strength to make significant contributions.
Today, all technology applications are inseparable from semiconductors. While the semiconductor industry is one of the most important industries for Taiwan’s economy, MOST has always encouraged research teams to engage in more forward-looking semiconductors and nanotechnology. I am thrilled to share several research achievements and breakthroughs in this month’s newsletter. It is also expected that the continuous development of semiconductors and nanotechnology will bring more progress and well-being to human society. We hope to be able to forge international cooperation links which utilize our strengths across manufacturing, medicine and technology, and play a more proactive role in the world.
Liang-Gee Chen, PhD
Ministry of Science and Technology