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Aug 26, 2020

John Briceño: “Coronavirus Response Will Take Effect from Day One”

John Briceño

Prime Minister in waiting, John Briceño says that when the P.U.P. assumes control of the government, the COVID-19 plans take effect immediately to ensure that there are ample medical supplies and equipment to respond adequately to the pandemic. This includes working with the Government of Taiwan for best practices to overcome COVID-19.


John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“Our coronavirus response will take effect from day one. It will ensure the adequate supply of essential materials for our frontline health workers. This will include personal protective equipment, testing kits and reagents and therapeutics as well as the ability of proper guidelines and protocols for health professionals to do their work with confidence and without fear of being infected. We must have the capacity to detect, investigate, communicate and contain events that threaten public health security, so there must be better public health surveillance. We must improve our capacity at laboratories across the nation so that we can get testing results faster. We need faster results to better analyse and react in a timely manner. We have seen the success of countries like Taiwan and how much they were able to flatten the curve in their own nation by rapid testing and a strong awareness campaign about how to operate safely. Taiwan has been a true friend and ally and I intend to seek their advice and emulate some of their best practices in our own COVID response. We also have to use technology to our advantage so that we can be more inclusive.”

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