After launching three face masks vending machines earlier this month, Taipei has announced plans to set up 24 face masks vending machines at Health Centers across the city’s twelve districts, the Taipei Department of Information Technology (DoIT) said Thursday at a budget report at the City Council.
The DoIT estimates the costs of expanding the network of vending machines to NT$3 million (US$99,830).
Since the supply and distribution of face masks improved, however, sales at the vending machines have been in decline. In light of this concern, the city council asked the DOIT to review the project again.
Commenting on the city’s project, DPP City Councilors Wu Pei-yi stressed that the supply of face masks couldn’t meet spikes in demand at first. Since the face masks rationing policy was put in place, Taiwan residents can not only place an order online but also purchase it at the designated pharmacies, she said, questioning the need of investing in face masks vending machines.
In response to her comments, Taipei City Deputy Mayor Huang Shan-shan said that increasing the number of face mask vending machines is part of a global project developed by the city. The city government will present the results of the 3-month trial run to the central government, she said.