Taiwan to donate 7 million more masks
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it will start a third round of mask donations soon, giving more than seven million surgical face masks to countries to help with their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou, of the 7.07 million masks, 2.28 million will be donated to the United States federal government and American states hardest hit by the pandemic.
Another 1.3 million masks will be sent to European Union member states, 1.09-million to Taiwan's 15 diplomatic allies, and 1.8 million will be shipped to countries covered in Taiwan's New Southbound Policy.
Ou says the remaining 600,000 face masks will be donated to some African and middle-eastern countries and to frontline medical staff providing assistance to Syrian refugees.
It will be Taiwan's third round of mask donations since mid-April, after mask production was ramped-up to 13 million per day.
Daily face mask production in Taiwan currently stands at 17 million.