Taipei, Taiwan on Thursday donated several types of personal protective equipment (PPE) to France, showcasing how "Taiwan can help" other countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Deputy Foreign Minister Harry Tseng (???) symbolically handed over the medical goods to Jean-Francois Casabonne-Masonnave, France's top diplomat in Taipei.
Cheng Wen-tsan (???), the mayor of Taoyuan city, where some of the donor companies are located, also attended the event.
According to a press statement from MOFA, the PPE includes 120,000 medical facemasks and an undisclosed quantity of disinfectant sprays and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks.
The items will be donated to Colmar City in Northeastern France and the French Red Cross to help local medical personnel fight the pandemic, MOFA said.
During the ceremony, Tseng said the donation was made possible by collaboration between the public and private sectors, Taiwan and France.
"It demonstrates the deep friendship and the 'leave no one behind' spirit that exists between Taiwan and France," he added.
Casabonne-Masonnave stressed that a time of crisis is a time for solidarity and lauded the friendship between the two countries.
Colmar Mayor Eric Straumann and French Red Cross representative Jean-Pierre Esterni thanked Taiwan for the donation via videoconferencing.
According to data from the World Health Organization, France has recorded more than 4 million COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, with 90,657 deaths. WHO data shows that 29,145 new cases were recorded in the country over the last 24 hours.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel