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U.S. working with Taiwan on COVID-19 assistance to Pacific

ROC Central News Agency

04/22/2020 11:04 AM

Washington D.C., April 21 (CNA) The United States State Department on Tuesday detailed the ways it is helping Pacific Island countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it is coordinating the assistance with "like-minded partners" including Taiwan.

In a fact sheet, the department said it had provided over US$32 million as of April 17 to combat COVID-19 in the Pacific, with much of the funding directed to the U.S. Freely Associated States -- the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau.

"We are coordinating closely with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan and other like-minded partners on COVID-19 assistance to the Pacific," the statement said.

While the statement did not elaborate on what that effort entails, both the Marshall Islands and Palau have been included in Taiwan's recent donations of medical supplies to its diplomatic allies.

Since April 1, Taiwan has pledged donations of more than 16 million surgical face masks to its international partners, of which 1 million were allocated to its 15 diplomatic allies.

Over 80,000 of the masks have already been sent to Taiwan's four allies in the Pacific, and infrared thermal imaging cameras have also been donated, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said last week.

None of the four Pacific allies have reported any new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases to date, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) COVID-19 situation dashboard.

(By Stacy Hsu and Matthew Mazzetta)


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