Taipei Councilors Launch Rapid Test Lending Program 北市議員發起快篩互助 採「有借有還」

As demand for rapid tests continues to skyrocket as the epidemic situation worsens, several Taipei City councilors launched a "rapid test mutual assistance group."


Rapid tests are prepared for delivery to those who need them. The domestic epidemic situation continues to worsen, with the number of confirmed cases and people ordered to quarantine ascending rapidly. Demand for rapid tests has soared, but there are virtually none available. Several Taipei City councilors therefore launched a "rapid test mutual assistance group" to assist those in urgent need of a rapid test.

Miao Po-ya, Taipei City Councilor (SDP): “It's based on mutual trust and mutual assistance, as well as borrowing and returning to allow love to circulate. We can use our strength to continuously get rapid tests to those friends who urgently need them. ”

Meredith Huang, Taipei City Councilor (Ind.): “Perhaps a person has been quarantining for three days, so this person has no way of going out and lining up to buy rapid tests. We're helping to make up for this by providing a rapid test to this person. Later on, this person can get the rapid test kit allotted under the real name-based rationing system and return a test to us.”

Those who get a rapid test through this program can "return" a test once they get their allotment under the real name-based rationing system or purchase one through another method. This program will first be launched in eight of Taipei's administrative districts. Meanwhile, Taiwan's disease prevention efforts during the past two years achieved international recognition. However, the highly transmissible Omicron variant has caused the number of cases to skyrocket. Former Vice President Chen Chien-jen gave an interview to the British news outlet "The Guardian," where he said shifting from zero-COVID to coexistence is the right direction. He also criticized the government for failing to stockpile a sufficient number of rapid tests.

Chiu Chen-yuan, Legislator (TPP): “You want everyone to go onto the battlefield to fight, yet you don't even provide helmets or weapons. The Central Epidemic Command Center needs to delegate rapid tests to local governments because they're the ones that know which administrative districts are most in need of them.”

The Taiwan People's Party urged central government units to directly address the epidemic chaos and rapidly provide sufficient rapid tests and enact effective financial relief measures.

 

 

 

先消毒雙手,再細心把快篩試劑分裝好,準備要配送給有需要的民眾。國內疫情升溫,確診和隔離人數快速攀升,導致快篩試劑的需求量大幅增加,市面上幾乎是一劑難求。因此有台北市議員,發起「快篩互助」活動,提供給有急需的民眾。

社民黨台北市議員苗博雅表示:「互信互助的方式,然後有借有還讓愛循環,可以一直不斷透過我們的力量,讓快篩可以送到有急需、有急用的朋友手上。」

無黨籍台北市議員黃郁芬則說:「可能因為前三天都在隔離,他甚至沒有辦法出去排隊買快篩的情況下,第一步的空白我們來幫忙補足,他在取得他的快篩實名制的快篩劑之後,可以再把這樣子的快篩回收回來。」

使用完之後,民眾未來一旦拿到政府發放或自行購買到快篩,就能還回一劑,而這個活動預計在台北的8個行政區辦理。過去兩年,台灣的防疫表現,幾度獲得國際肯定,不過近期卻面臨Omicron疫情侵襲,讓確診人數暴增。前副總統陳建仁在接受英國衛報訪問時,雖然認為將清零轉為和病毒共存的方向正確,但也坦言政府的快篩準備量不足。

民眾黨立委邱臣遠批評:「你要全民上場來打仗,你連鋼盔都不給人家,你連武器都不給人家,中央這個指揮中心應該要將快篩試劑下放給地方政府,他們最清楚哪邊的行政區最需要快篩。」

民眾黨也呼籲政府相關單位要正視防疫亂象,並趕快提供足夠的快篩以及有效的紓困措施,才不會讓民眾、產業和地方政府感覺到無所適從。

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