Taiwan has also provided other medical equipment and food supplies to the ally since late March | 2020-04-14 14:58:00

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 180,000 surgical masks manufactured in Taiwan have been passed to Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, who called for unity in the fight against the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The president of the Latin American ally confirmed having received the donation of 180,000 masks from Taiwan via a tweet on Monday (April 13). He said the masks would be distributed to thousands of Guatemalans.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to follow the measures to avoid more infections,” said Giammattei, who went on to call for unity in the battle against the virus that has sickened nearly two million of the world’s population since its first outbreak in China late last year. The donation to Guatemala is part of the 10 million masks intended for the U.S., Europe, and 15 allies that maintain diplomatic ties with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will donate 1.3 million surgical masks to eight EU countries as part of the island nation’s second round of mask diplomacy, Kendra Chen (陳詠韶), deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MOFA) Department of European Affairs, announced at a press conference Tuesday.

The eight European recipients are Slovakia, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania