As the pandemic situation is getting worse, the Ministry of Health and Welfare has decided to allow children aged six to 11 to get the Moderna vaccine. Meanwhile, a fourth shot is also recommended for vulnerable groups.
Clara Chou, Radio Host: “Let's go, people of Taiwan!”
Clara Chou hosted her radio program as usual on April 20. She interviewed Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices convener Lee Ping-ing. The two shared a studio during the live broadcast. One day later, Chou posted on Facebook that she had tested positive in a PCR test. Although both were wearing masks the entire time, Lee still took a PCR test.
Lee Ping-ing, Convener, ACIP: “I'm going to get tested. (What's your current condition?) Okay, I don't have any symptoms.”
Lee attended an ACIP meeting on April 20. He said all participants wore masks the entire time. The committee decided to allow the use of the Moderna vaccine on children aged six to 11 and people in high-risk groups including senior citizens, residents of long-term care facilities, and immunosuppressed adults to get a fourth shot. Some experts say COVID-19 will spread even faster in October and November when the weather cools and even the average person may need to get four shots.
Huang Li-min, Honorary Chair, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan: “Under normal circumstances, it's optimal to get the fourth dose five to six months after the last dose. The booster effect will be more noticeable this way, and the time the antibodies will work will last longer. It will depend on when you got your last shot.”
Meanwhile, one Academia Sinica academician called for the research and development of a broad-spectrum vaccine that can protect against all future variants.
Wong Chi-huey, Academician, Academia Sinica: “Everyone knows that it has to go through stage I, II, and III human trials after the technology transfer to confirm its safety and validity. After that, it has to be authorized by health authorities before it can be used. All this requires some time.”
Experts say the daily caseload may exceed 10,000 by the end of April or the beginning of May based on how quickly the disease is spreading and the Rt value. They recommend suspending epidemic investigations to ensure that medical treatment is being used effectively.