Taiwan donates face masks to Brazilian state

07/20/2021 11:41 AM
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Taiwan's representative to Brazil Chang Tsung-che (right) presents the face mask donation to Goiás Governor Gracinha Caiado (center) during a ceremony on July 16. Photo courtesy of the Taiwan representative office.

São Paulo, July 20 (CNA) Taiwan has donated 150,000 face masks to the central Brazilian state of Goiás to help residents there fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taiwan's representative to Brazil Chang Tsung-che (張崇哲) presented the donation to Goiás Governor Gracinha Caiado during a ceremony on July 16, attended by Deputy Governor Lincoln Tejota and representatives of local volunteer organizations.

Chang described the donation as reflecting the spirit of mutual assistance and collaboration between Taiwan's people and the people of Brazil.

Taiwan donated 70,000 masks to Goiás last year, and Chang expressed hope that the latest donation can help local residents mitigate the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and return to life as normal as soon as possible.

To date, Chang said, Taiwan has donated 54 million masks to over 80 countries, including Brazil, around the world since the pandemic began spreading from China in early 2020.

Gracinha expressed her thanks and said the masks will be distributed to institutions and organizations involved in the COVID-19 response.

According to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Brazil, Goiás has 7 million people and occupies 3.4 million square kilometers of land. It is home to rugged savannas, colonial-era towns and large-scale agriculture.

Taiwan is the state's third largest buyer of corn, the office said.

Data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University shows that in Goiás there have been 709,656 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

(By Tang Ya-ling and Elizabeth Hsu)


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