Taiwan president, ex-vice president, minister honored by Wired

09/11/2020 06:15 PM
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President Tsai Ing-wen (front, right) and Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (front, left). CNA file photo
President Tsai Ing-wen (front, right) and Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (front, left). CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), former Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) and Minister without Portfolio Audrey Tang (唐鳳) were jointly named by Wired magazine as this year's Wired25 honorees for their efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

"A country's first female president, an epidemiologist as her veep, and a transgender digital minister with anarchist beliefs -- together, this Taiwanese trio all but eradicated the coronavirus from their homeland," said the magazine in its online announcement dated Sept. 9.

As of Friday, Taiwan had recorded 498 confirmed COVID-19 infections, including seven deaths, with 16 patients remaining in hospitals.

The magazine also listed five other officials as "fellow COVID conquerors," including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Washington State Health Officer Kathy Lofy, and Sara Cody, public health director of Santa Clara County, California.

The three are among 37 individuals the technology magazine described as "people who are making things better." They also include Anthony Fauci, director of the United States' National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and James Murdoch, founder of Lupa Systems and ex-CEO of 21st Century Fox, whose company seeks to "finance a more balanced media landscape," according to the magazine.

The honorees have been named for their achievements in a wide range of areas, such as Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook, as both companies jointly updated their respective mobile operating systems to allow COVID-19 contact tracing, and transgender Venezuelan artist Arca behind avant-pop album "KiCk i."

Tang is also among 27 speakers for the magazine's Wired25 event, which will be held in a series of online conversations on Sept. 16, 23, 30.

Other speakers include Philippine journalist Maria Ressa and Netflix Co-CEO and Cofounder Reed Hastings.

(By Kay Liu) enditem/J

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