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Melody Chen June 18, 2003
The SARS epidemic finally seems to be waning. The World Health Organization (WHO) lifted its travel advisory to Taiwan on Tuesday, with Beijing the only place remaining on the list of areas with the health agency's warning. WHO officials said that Taiwan had met the agency's criteria for the lifting and that it was now a safe place for travelers. Because of SARS, Taiwan received more...
June 17, 2003
Since it was first diagnosed three months ago, the SARS virus has spread worldwide, infecting 10,000 people and threatening tourism in Canada and East Asia. Now, new cases of the disease appear to be on the wane, due to unprecedented cooperation between public health officials as well as draconian containment measures in some affected areas. Still, it remains to be seen how affected economies...
May 26, 2003
This article summarizes in English a story concerning SARS that appeared in the China Youth Daily. The story reveals the non-scientific reasons why Chinese scientists at the Beijing Genomic Institute, part of the global network on the Human Genome Project, did not succeed in contributing more to the scientific research on the Sars virus. According to the summary, the biggest lesson is how...
May 23, 2003
After months on a heightened state of alert due to the global spread of Sars, Hong Kong University's claim to have found the source of this respiratory disease is considered a "significant breakthrough." According to findings from genetic information, the virus responsible for Sars, coronavirus, has been "jumping from the Civet cat to humans." Civet belongs to the same...
Melody Chen May 20, 2003
China again succeeded in mobilizing its allies to block Taiwan's bid for observership at the World Health Assembly (WHA), the highest decision body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Taiwan's bid was rejected for the seventh time in a row. This year, however, because of the Sars outbreak, many countries decided to back Taiwan up "for humanitarian sake." Taiwan officials...
May 19, 2003
Highly critical of the Hu government's handling of the SARS epidemic in China, this New York Times editorial's charges are many. Mainly Hu is belittled for not disclosing accurate statistics and for taking punitive measures, thereby turning to "depressingly familiar Communist methods of exhortation and regimentation" instead of looking to modernize China's political...
Melody Chen May 19, 2003
Sars has certainly brought enough troubles to East Asia, but for Taiwan, it also means an opportunity to legally present the health situation of Taiwan at the World Health Organization (WHO). The Taiwanese Department of Health Chief is scheduled to make a presentation at the World Health Assembly, a major WHO conference, on Sars in Taiwan. Taiwan is also trying to join the WHO as an observer at...