Association of Medical Doctors of ASIA, founded in 1984, Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC since 1995








COVID-19 Updates from AMDA Chapters around the Globe #2

Publication date:2021-03-23

As more than one year has passed from the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, we are giving updates on the situations surrounding AMDA chapters around the globe since the latter half of 2020 up until now.



As Taiwan has managed to keep the number of infected cases relatively low compared to other countries, a report from AMDA Taiwan mostly consisted of updates on general situations in the nation rather than specifying its own activities. As of March 5, the number of laboratory-confirmed infected cases is 960. Although there was a cluster-infection incidence in which 36 naval crew members aboard a fast combat support ship were infected, most of the cases were imported. Of the confirmed cases, there has been 9 deaths, and 928 patients have been released from isolation.

On March 3, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that the first batch of 117,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses manufactured by AstraZeneca arrived at Taoyuan International Airport from Korea on the morning of March 3. The shipment of 117,000 doses is one of the vaccine batches AstraZeneca will deliver in the near future under its supply agreement with Taiwan. The CECC pointed out that vaccines would be offered to the groups of individuals prioritized for COVID-19 vaccination in the priority order recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and medical personnel will be the first priority group to get immunized against COVID-19 according to the ACIP's priority list.


Dr. Balavendrian
(AMDA Malaysia Chairperson)

AMDA Malaysia has been committed to COVID-related dealings mainly through its secretary Dr. Elizabeth Anthony who also serves as State Deputy Director of Health in Penang where the chapter is based. Working for the Malaysian health ministry, she takes charge of all government-run hospitals in the region and heads the local COVID-19 task force. AMDA Malaysia chapter chairperson Dr. Anthony Balavendrian has also been registered as a health ministry volunteer for administering a vaccine at immunization campaigns. While the nation has been handling the pandemic situation well with ample manpower in place, AMDA Malaysia wishes to act in tandem with the health ministry in supporting its inoculation measures. It is also planning to provide mobile clinic services in light of the post-pandemic period.


AMDA Bolivia has been keen to promote
emergency medicine since 1998

“The situation in Bolivia regarding COVID-19 is not very good,” said AMDA Bolivia’s Ms. Martha Romero who liaises with AMDA Headquarters on a regular basis. According to Ms. Romero, it is not only because the medical sector has had existing problems even before the pandemic struck, but also due to the elections which were held last year that caused the increase in the number of infected cases. “The country has just gone through subnational elections and, therefore, people got more relaxed and did not think about the novel coronavirus which led to another outbreak.”

Meanwhile, the government has begun providing vaccines for medical personnel for a start, and hopes to inoculate the public in the course of time. As for AMDA Bolivia’s activities, the chapter has held its trademark emergency-medicine training from last November to this February after an eight-month wait. Although it was once put on hold due to the government restrictions, the chapter is now conducting three training courses every month until June.

    •  Taiwan
    •  Malaysia
    •  Bolivia
    •  2020
    •  2021
    •  COVID-19