TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After promising 10 million masks for the United States, Europe and diplomatic allies, Taiwan is preparing to send more than 1 million masks to the countries of the New Southbound Policy in Southeast Asia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday ( April 7).
Taiwan has won many values throughout the world, both because of its efforts to contain the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and to help other countries affected by the pandemic.
On April 1, the MOFA said it would supply 2 million masks to the US, 7 million to European countries and 1 million to diplomatic allies to help local medical staff. The second wave of masks will go to countries covered by Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, mostly Southeast Asian and South Asian countries targeted by the island for closer economic, cultural, tourism and education relations since 2016.
Seven of the 18 countries in the program have told Taiwan about their need for masks, the MOFA said, citing the Philippines, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar, CNA reported. Other countries, such as Japan and South Korea, have not yet made contact with Taiwan on the topic, according to the ministry.
Officials stressed that assistance to allies in the Pacific, such as the Marshall Islands, Palau, Nauru and Tuvalu, was more than just a mask, also included ventilators, technical support, and hospital design.
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