The Taiwanese government is considering conditional entry permits for Indonesian migrant workers to meet the domestic labor demand, according to Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳 時 中).
Taiwan’s Central Epidemiological Command Center (CECC) in late November announced that it would issue a temporary entry ban on all Indonesian migrant workers from December 4-17.
To cope with the spike in coronavirus infections imported from the Southeast Asian country.
At the time, they said they would decide whether to continue taking the measure based on Indonesia’s pandemic situation after a two-week hiatus.
In a press interview at Taipei Medical University on Sunday (December 13), Chen said that CECC officials will hold meetings over the next few days to discuss options related to the order. prohibit entry of Indonesian migrant workers.
He said he hopes the restriction will be partially lifted to reduce pressure on labor demand in the country.
Meanwhile, Chen declined to comment on media reports that Taiwan is planning to buy 10 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca (AZ) coronavirus vaccine (AZ).
He said the country is currently in talks with some vaccine suppliers, but no contracts have been signed so far.
Chen emphasized that it is too early to determine whether Taiwan will receive the coronavirus vaccine in the first quarter of 2021.
Since clinical trial reports from most global vaccine manufacturers have not been finalized yet, Taiwanese medical professionals must evaluate each vaccine candidate based on its design. , antigen-antibody response and efficacy in animal subjects,