Taiwan donating 100,000 masks to Colorado, senator says

Taiwan has pledged to donate 100,000 masks to Colorado as part of a larger donation of medical equipment to the United States, a Colorado senator says.

Sen. Cory Gardner, a Yuma Republican, announced Wednesday that the Asian ally will donate 2 million masks to the United States, half of which will go to the federal government and the other half to individual states. Colorado will receive 10% of the 1 million masks being sent directly to states.

The masks are expected to arrive in Colorado next week, according to Gardner.

“It has been an honor to work with President Tsai (Ing-wen) to advance the friendship between the U.S. and Taiwan, and I would like to thank all of Taiwan on behalf of the medical professionals in Colorado who desperately need the masks that Taiwan is graciously donating,” Gardner said in a statement.

“Taiwan is more than willing to help the world beat the COVID-19 pandemic, and this incredible act of generosity is further reason that Taiwan should be granted observer status at the World Health Organization,” the senator added.

Taiwan’s president visited Denver last summer and was greeted by a large group of supporters, along with a handful of pro-China protesters. Gardner, who chairs a Senate subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, was also in attendance.

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