Taiwan has emerged as a success story in the global battle against COVID-19, having had fewer than 500 cases and only six deaths among its roughly 23 million residents as of April 24, 2020.

It has been credited with taking early action to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as it emerged and for avoiding the lockdown measures many other countries implemented.

Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen received a Doctor of Science degree in epidemiology and human genetics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1982. On Friday, April 24, Vice President Chen joined Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie for a conversation about Taiwan’s early and effective response to the coronavirus. They discussed the specific measures Taiwan took to control the spread of the virus and how Vice President Chen’s public health training played a role.

Their conversation was preceded by brief remarks from Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan.

Webcast Guests:

Chen Chien-Jen, ScD ’82
Vice President of Taiwan

Ellen J. Mackenzie, PhD ’79, ScM ’75
Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Brent Christensen, DMD, MA
Director, American Institute in Taiwan

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