TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Amid unease over the country’s first local coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in eight months, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said Wednesday (Dec. 23) that at 24 to 30 million a day, the supply of masks is sufficient to meet demand.
On Tuesday (Dec. 22), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced a local woman had been infected by a New Zealander pilot for EVA Air. The news led to a reevaluation of public Christmas and New events and concern about a potentially dramatic rise in infections comparable to trends in other countries.
However, the MOEA assured the public that any surge in cases would not overwhelm the domestic mask production industry, the Liberty Times reported. The cloth needed to make the surgical masks could see its production rise to 70 tons a day, enough to turn out between 70 million and 80 million masks.
In addition to daily manufacturing volume, Taiwan can also rely on a reserve of 520 million, according to MOEA officials. At the beginning of the pandemic, manufacturers ramped up production of the raw materials for masks with the government's assistance, leading to more than adequate production levels.
At present, Taiwan could even export some of its production. Driving up the quantity would be no problem in case of an emergency, the ministry concluded.