South Korea and Taiwan effectively suppressed the coronavirus without the authoritarian measures imposed in China or the lockdowns used elsewhere. They responded quickly, communicated clearly and consistently about the threat. Both governments had prior experiences with contagions to prepare for an epidemic. And both states had introduced universal health care during their periods of democratization, shaping a consensus among citizens about equity, solidarity, and the role of government in protecting public health. Their strategies provide replicable and repeatable models.
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Research Article| August 20 2020
Combating COVID-19 in Democratic Taiwan and South Korea
Current History (2020) 119 (818): 210–216.
Joseph Wong; Combating COVID-19 in Democratic Taiwan and South Korea. Current History 20 August 2020; 119 (818): 210–216. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2020.119.818.210
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