2020/11/27  
Purchasing masks under the national health insurance system will be cheaper in Jan. (2020/11/22)
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    Purchasing masks under the national health insurance system will be cheaper in Jan. (2020/11/22)

    As most residents in Taiwan know, they can buy a package of nine face masks every 14 days for NT$45 from government certified pharmacies. That's the rate set by the government in its mask rationing scheme. Now there's good news. Starting in Jan., people will be able to purchase a package of 10 masks for NT$40. This drop in price is the result of relaxed restrictions on mask sales on the free market.

    When the government first instituted its mask purchasing system using the National Health Insurance card, long queues were an everyday occurrence. However, with the epidemic under control domestically and the government’s easing of restrictions on mask sales, the queues have gone. Now the Food and Drug Administration is planning to lower the price of masks sold in this system.

    Wang Ming-yuan
    Federation of Taiwan Pharmacists Assoc.
    The ration will be increased without raising the price. So for NT$40, you can purchase 10 masks every 14 days. The prices on the free market are declining. Some places even sell masks for less than the government’s price per mask of NT$5.Based on the way the trend is moving, prices of masks will become more reasonable and return to their earlier levels.

    Demand for masks is expected to rise with the government’s new epidemic prevention scheme for the fall and winter season, which will kick off in Dec. when masks will be required in eight types of venues. The price for both adult and children’s masks will be lowered. Every 14 days, people will be able to purchase one package of 10 masks for NT$40, which amounts to NT$4 a mask, a saving of NT$1 compared with the current price. Moreover, all the packaging will be done ahead of their distribution, saving pharmacists’ labor. The new scheme will be implemented Jan. 1 at the earliest.

    Wang Ming-yuan
    Federation of Taiwan Pharmacists Assoc.
    The packaging will make a big difference for pharmacists in terms of saving time. Currently, for every 200 persons, a pharmacist spends, at the very least, two hours putting masks into packages -- and that’s not counting the transaction time.

    However, wearing masks is only one kind of prevention measure. The root of the problem can only be fixed by vaccines. Some experts are of the opinion that children will not get priority in receiving vaccines, since kids tend not to be severely sick compared with adults after being infected with COVID-19.

    Huang Li-min
    Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan
    In the current fight against the pandemic, there are few cases of children passing the disease to others. The disease is mainly spread from adult to adult.

    The University of Oxford’s latest findings have also revealed that people who have been infected by the coronavirus are immune for at least six months. All such information will be helpful as COVID-19 vaccines come to fruition.
    中文 Chinese  
    實名制口罩降價 明年起14天10片40元

    口罩實名制經過多次變動,目前是維持在成人14天9片,兒童口罩14天10片的措施,而食藥署研擬從明年元旦開始,口罩將調整為不論成人幼童,都是14天10片的措施,價格也降為每包40元,等於一片由5元降到4元,而且將由工廠直接分裝給藥局,降低藥師分裝的負擔。

    口罩實名制上路,一開始大排長龍,但隨著疫情趨緩,買的人變少了,加上自由市場開放,食藥署研擬,雙鋼印實名制口罩要降價了。

    [[藥師公會全國聯合會副發言人 王明媛]]
    “加量不加價,所以14天10片是40塊錢,現在自由市場口罩越來越便宜,甚至是有些地方打出比實名制5塊錢1片還便宜,未來在這樣合理價格推動上,慢慢口罩價格可以回到以前比較早的狀態。”

    12月開始的秋冬專案,強制八大場所戴口罩,需求量會大增,未來不論成人還是兒童口罩,一律改為14天10片,一包40元,相當於每片價格從5元降到4元,口罩也改為直接包裝配送,降低藥師負擔,最快元旦上路。

    [[藥師公會全國聯合會副發言人 王明媛]]
    “其實對藥師來講口罩包裝時間上,差非常多,因為以200人次來講,藥師花費的時間最少最少,都需要每天額外兩個小時,來光做包裝而不含銷售的部份。”

    但戴口罩防疫不過是治標,要治本還是得靠疫苗,但有專家表示未來就算有疫苗,兒童也不會放在第一順位,因為重症率較低。

    [[感染症醫學會理事長 黃立民]]
    “目前疫情控制方式之下,兒童傳給別人比例並不算太高,主要還是成年人跟成年人,在傳是比較多的。”

    而英國牛津大學最新研究也說,曾感染武漢肺炎的人,六個月內不太可能會再次染疫,這些資料數據也有助於製作疫苗。
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