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Taiwan’s Support: $35B Stimulus Package and 10M Face Masks

Taiwan’s government is willing to spend $35 billion to help fight the pandemic –  vowed to donate 10 million facemasks.

The government of Taiwan has announced that it would spend $35 billion to help fight the coronavirus in the country and help out international communities around the world and will donate 10 million face masks.

To help other nations they started a campaign called “Taiwan Can Help” to share its knowledge and experience with the world and it is under this campaign the government said it will donate masks.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen also praised the act of bravery being displayed by medical workers around the world and offered to give them support. According to reports, the Taiwanese government is also planning to donate 10 million face masks to the neediest countries.

President Tsai held a press conference and announced a T$1.05 trillion ($35 billion) stimulus package would be spent to help other nations around the world deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

In her statement: “Over the past months, we have seen countless acts of bravery and sacrifice from medical workers around the world. It is our duty as global citizens to give them our full support. We need to step up cooperation, and that means sharing experiences and materials and working together to develop treatments and vaccines. We will donate surplus masks and other supplies to our allies and countries hit hardest by COVID-19. These supplies will go to medical workers on the front lines who are working around the clock to save lives.”

2 million masks will be donated to the United States, while other donations will go to different European nations who have been severely affected and to their diplomatic allies. They will also share their digital quarantine system to help other countries fight the coronavirus spread.

Taiwan’s handling of the pandemic is much different from China’s and their continual exclusion from WHO technical meetings for the past decade needs to be questioned. Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou said the WHO must “continue to review and improve upon some unreasonable restrictions imposed on Taiwan based on political considerations,” as reported by Reuters.