90m Rapid Test Kits to Be Available Before End of June 陳時中:目前存貨緊 6月底前可供9千萬劑

On May 9, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung told lawmakers that 90 million rapid test kits would become available before the end of June.


Price-controlled rapid test kits are sold out everywhere. Local governments and lawmakers alike are blasting the central government's allocation scheme, which does not take population density or infection hot zones into account.

Su Chiao-hui, Legislator (DPP): “When will Taiwan get an adequate supply for rapid test kits? Why is there a shortage even in Keelung now?”

Chen Shih-chung, Central Epidemic Command Center Chief: “We conducted a survey on May 4 and asked local governments to give us a number. After that, we looked at need and past usage numbers and made an adjustment.”

Chen Shih-chung says there were 0.9 percent of price-controlled test kits still available as of the 8th. According to Chen, Roche will supply 50 million requisitioned kits this month and 45 more million kits would become available before the end of June. Chen also said Taiwan has to ride out the current wave of infection before discussions can be held -- perhaps in mid-July -- on whether COVID-19 should be downgraded from a Category V to a Category IV communicable disease.

Chen Shih-chung, Central Epidemic Command Center Chief: “Category V communicable diseases are very different from Category IV communicable diseases. Category V diseases are highly infectious and require strict controls. Category IV diseases are subject to only general controls.”

According to Chen, the central government is allocating more than enough rapid test kits to every municipality and local governments need to adjust their statistics if they find there is a shortage. He also said local officials should stop complaining to the media and they can write or call the relevant central agency to solve the shortage problem.

 

 

新冠本土疫情嚴峻,不僅民眾買不到公費快篩劑,就連基隆、台北市等地方政府也跳出來質疑,中央配發的公費快篩劑嚴重不足,有立委質疑,是否未針對疫情熱區、多配發快篩試劑的量?

民進黨立委蘇巧慧問:「快篩到底什麼時候可以有足夠的量,為什麼現在連基隆市都在認為不太夠?」

中央流行疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中表示:「我們5月4日有調查過一次,請各地方政府把他們的需求量報上來,報上來之後,我們再根據他可能的需要跟以前的使用量,做過一個調整。」

陳時中表示,到8日晚間為止,全台公費快篩試劑平鈞剩餘量是0.9%,存貨很緊,目前快篩實名制徵用廠牌是羅氏,這個月可供應5000萬劑,月中另有4500萬劑的合約,6月底前,應可供應9000萬劑。至於外界關心,新冠肺炎何時可從現行第五類法定傳染病降到第四類,陳時中首度鬆口回應,要等這波疫情過後,7月中旬可能有機會。

陳時中指出:「第五類傳染病跟第四類傳染病有很大的不同,第五類傳染病是強烈的強制的管制,第四類就是一般的管制。」

陳時中強調,地方的公費快篩試劑,都是依照地方回報、統計的需求發給,且都足額發放,若有不夠,請地方統計後再報上來,希望大家別在媒體放話,用行文或直接打電話都能解決問題。
 

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