The Ministry of Justice says it is investigating reports of the rapid test kit hoarding and fake rapid test kit sales. The Ministry of Health and Welfare, meanwhile, says Taiwan will be able to produce nearly 16 million rapid test kits a month within a few months.
The Ministry of Justice says it is investigating reports of rapid test kit hoarding and fake rapid test kit sales.
Tsai Ching-hsiang, Justice Minister: “”
Chen I-hsin, Legislator (KMT): “”
You said judicial agencies investigated five cases involving people and then there were 22 cases and they were done with them and sent four to the prosecutors office. What are the charges? Hoarding and not selling things and also driving up prices.
In response to lawmakers calling on the central government to release more rapid test kits to the public, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said Taiwan can produce up to 4.45 million kits per month and once new production lines are up and running after July, monthly production may go up to 15.95 million. The ministry also claimed the approved import volume of test kits is more than adequate and it's just that no one was importing them before.
Chen Ou-po, Legislator (DPP): “I attended a meeting yesterday, an event. I was criticized for not supervising you enough. Demand is up all over the world. Why can't Taiwan get any?”
Shih Chung-liang, Deputy Health and Welfare Minister: “We approved import applications for 4.6 billion. That's a very big number, but no one was selling any so actual import volume was very low.”
One lawmaker also wanted clarification on rumors of politician interference in the import process.
Tseng Ming-chung, Legislator (KMT): “Did any lawmakers intervene, or any high-level party officials?”
Shih Chung-liang, Deputy Health and Welfare Minister: “No. We followed the procedure to the letter. ”
Tseng Ming-chung, Legislator (KMT): “Are you sure?”
Shih Chung-liang, Deputy Health and Welfare Minister: “Yes, I'm sure. ”
Tseng Ming-chung, Legislator (KMT): “We have received information to the contrary. ”
Chen Ou-po, Legislator (DPP): “I want the Ministry of Justice to launch an investigation and investigate the case thoroughly to make sure there were no high-level party officials or government agencies or legislators involved. ”
Prosecutors have indicted 103 people in 93 cases between February 2020 and May 13 this year for spreading epidemic-related fake news and deferred prosecution against 475 people in 397 cases. The Ministry of Justice says anyone found to be spreading fake epidemic news will face criminal charges and prosecution.