Ask Taiwan for Help to Cope with Shortage of Medical Supplies

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Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Health Patty Hajdu:

We have heard from Canadians across the country that we are short of supplies and reliable sources to fight against COVID-19.

We are seriously in need of

· Face masks and personal protective equipment for front-line health care workers

· COVID-19 Testing Kits

As of today, more than 16,000 Canadians have been infected and 323 of them have died.  The number of confirmed cases continues to grow.  People are worried about the risk that the front-line health care workers are taking and the inadequacy of current methods for the public.  People are demanding more protection. 

Research shows that face masks can reduce COVID-19 spread.  Research has also told us that testing is important to identify both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases.  We need to do more tests.

Canadians have been asked to physically distance themselves for the sake of public health — but this is not enough.

Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said today that non-surgical masks can help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Now we need the federal government to step up and make sure that all of our front-line health care workers have surgical masks and that all Canadians have face masks.

Taiwan has successfully managed the COVID-19 outbreak and has been supporting other countries with supplies and strategies.

--Taiwan produces 13 million masks per day

--Taiwan has also successfully clinically trialed a rapid diagnostic test on SARS-COV-2 which requires only 15 minutes to see the results.

Canada should form an alliance with Taiwan to help to cope with the shortage crisis.

We have to take care of each other. Thanks for your help!


Taiwanese Canadian Communities 2020.4.6