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More testing seen needed for vaccine
Centers for Disease Control yesterday revealed the initial results of developing vaccine against Enterovirus 71, saying that during animal testing, the newly developed vaccine could protect 85 percent of rats and rabbits.
The new vaccine is ground breaking, but CDC still needs more data gathered from animal experiments in order to conduct the clinical trial sooner in the future, said Liu Ding-pin, chief of the Vaccine Center under CDC.
The EV 71 has been the cause of widespread harm in Asia before, and has spread to Taiwan in 1998 and killed 18 children. Several foreign companies, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have shown their willingness to co-produce the vaccine.
Evacuation drill
The Taipei City Government will hold an evacuation exercise May 9 in the Taipei Main Station to enhance the ability of government and private units when responding to emergencies.
The Taipei City Police Bureau indicated yesterday that prior to the formal exercise, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. May 9, three rehearsals will be held on May 3, May 7 and May 8 between 9:30 a.m. and noon.
Certain areas used for the three different rail services provided by the Taiwan Railway Administration, the Taipei Rapid Transit System and the Taiwan High Speed Rail will be closed, but train operations will not be affected, according to the police. Some of the roads around the station, including Peiping East Road and Peiping West Road, will be blocked off.
U.S. resolution
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed welcome yesterday to a U.S. congressional resolution introduced the day before calling for the cancellation of all restrictions on visits by high-ranking Taiwan officials to the United States.
MOFA spokesman Wang Chien-yeh said Taiwan is grateful and welcomes the bipartisan resolution introduced by 16 members of the U.S. House of Representatives calling for the end to the restrictions.
In the bill, the congressmen suggested that the administration comply with its obligations under the Immigration and Nationality Technical Corrections Act of 1994, which stipulates that Taiwan's president and other high-level officials shall be allowed to visit the U.S.
Queen mother's visit
Ntombi Tfwala, Queen Mother of the Kingdom of Swaziland, one of Taiwan's allies in southern Africa, arrived Tuesday for a week-long visit, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday.
During her stay, Ntombi will call on President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), meet Swazi expatriates and students here and have a medical examination at the National Taiwan University Hospital.


Updated : 2021-02-28 21:34 GMT+08:00