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Taiwan did something smart when COVID started breaking

1) They put limits on mask purchases; you can get three a day
2) They went to manufacturers and said, we will fund what you need to expand production... and in exchange, for X amount of time we get *everything you make*
Building public stockpiles while ramping up private industry's capacity. Pretty solid move.
Update: as I understand it, Taiwan has upped capacity to the point of becoming second place in surgical mask manufacturing worldwide. They are still not exporting.

For those interested, an article on Taiwan’s handling of the crisis.…
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