Taiwan has promised to donate 100,000 face masks to the United States once its production levels stabilize amid the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The announcement was made on Wednesday by Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu at a press conference held by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), according to Taiwan News.
Wu said Taiwan and the U.S. will further strengthen their cooperative consultation mechanisms to fight against the disease.
The joint statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the de facto American embassy, reads:
“To further strengthen Taiwan-U.S. consultation and cooperation on combating the COVID-19 virus, which originated in Wuhan, both sides will seek to share best practices and cooperate on a range of activities under a partnership that includes:
- research and development of rapid tests;
- research and production of vaccines;
- research and production of medicines;
- contact tracing techniques and technology;
- joint conferences by scientists and experts, and
- cooperation and exchanges of medical supplies and equipment,”
As of the time of writing, the U.S. has more than 16,000 cases of COVID-19 while Taiwan has 135 cases, according to Worldometers.
Globally, more than 260,000 people have caught the virus, with 167,825 active cases worldwide and 11,266 deaths. Meanwhile, more than 90,000 people have recovered from the illness.
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