Taiwan to supply more, cheaper masks in 2021

23-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Taiwan News | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Beginning January 1, residents of Taiwan will be able to buy 10 face masks every two weeks instead of the current nine, and the price will be cut by NT$1 to NT$4 NT (US$0.14) per mask, officials said Saturday (November 21).

Due to Taiwan’s success fighting the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, access to masks has become less of a problem. In the spring, residents had to wait in long lines outside pharmacies to obtain a limited number of masks.

However, as the number of new infections dwindled and manufacturers ramped up production, the supply has stabilised. The country has built up a reserve of more than 600 million masks, CNA reported, with its factories turning out 35 million per day.

In 2021, manufacturers will introduce uniform packaging before supplying pharmacies with new masks. Preparations for the necessary packaging machinery are the only factor which could result in the mask deliveries being postponed beyond January 1.

The new limit and price will also apply to children’s masks. How long centralised distribution goes on depends on the course of the pandemic and the Central Epidemic Command centre (CECC).



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