Ko Calls on Central Government to Cut Red Tape 柯重申快篩陽直接給藥 可降住院.死亡率

The mayors of Taipei and New Taipei are both calling on the central government to cut the red tape and allow people with a positive rapid test result to get medication. Ko Wen-je said studies show access to medication lowers the hospitalization and death rate by 80 percent.

On the 13th, Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je reaffirmed that people with a positive rapid test should be able to get a prescription. Ko went on to say if a positive PCR test were required to get a prescription, many more people would die. At the same time, doctors are concerned about interaction and side effects between antivirals and other drugs.

Ko Wen-je, Taipei City Mayor: “Everyone knows what we mean. If a positive rapid test replaces a positive PCR test and the two are clinically equal -- these medications have their indications. Someone says A and they intentionally start talking about B to confuse people.”

New Taipei City currently has Taiwan's highest infection count. Mayor Hou Yu-ih says no differentiation should be made between a positive rapid test and a positive PCR test. Hou is also calling on the central government to cut the red tape and allow patients in need of medical care to get it in a timely way. Central Epidemic Command Center chief Chen Shih-chung disagrees, saying rapid tests have a false positive rate of 15 percent.

Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor: “Concerns would remain if the central government expands the scope. It needs to implement supplementary measures as soon as possible to resolve this issue.”

Hou also agreed with Ko that those with a positive rapid test should be given medication after consulting with a doctor via video call so that they can start treatment as quickly as possible.









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