Taiwan pledges to donate 7 million masks to countries worldwide
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Tuesday, May 5, that it will provide more than seven million masks as a way to help with the response of countries hardly hit by COVID-19.
This is the third time the foreign affairs ministry will donate masks to the international community.
Due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic, the MOFA has launched an international humanitarian assistance to offer masks to medical workers in the frontlines worldwide.
MOFA Spokesperson Joanne Ou stated at a presser that Taiwan will donate a total of 7.07 million masks.
According to Ou, 2.28 million masks will proceed to the US. 1.3 million will go to the EU and other Europian countries, Taiwan’s diplomatic allies are to receive 1.9 million masks, while African nations will receive 600,000 masks.
Taiwan is also set to donate 1.8 million masks to its New Southbound Policy partners, which are mostly Southeast Asian nations.
Taiwan’s first round of donation drive was conducted at the start of April, yielding 11 million masks.
On April 9, the MOFA conducted its second round of donations, providing 6 million more masks to the international community.
Additionally, MOFA Spokesperson Joanne Ou said, “The Taiwan government is working on a plan to distribute masks donated by Taiwanese citizens to foreign countries.”