TAIPEI (CNA) — Staff at the British Office Taipei, the de facto British embassy in Taiwan, took part in the “Clap for Carers” tribute in Taiwan Thursday, paying homage to all the local medical workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
“Over recent weeks people in the UK, including the young royals George, Charlotte and Louis, have shown their appreciation of all the doctors, nurses, carers, pharmacists, volunteers and National Health Service staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19UK through joining nationwide applause,” the office said in a Facebook post titled “Clapping for Carers: Thank You Taiwan!”
“Here at the British Office in Taipei, in addition to being grateful to those carers in the U.K., and while observing CECC social distancing recommendations, we want to say a huge thank you to all those in Taiwan who have been working tirelessly since the first outbreak to keep everyone safe during the #COVID19 crisis. Thank You!!” the post read. CECC refers to Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center.
The post came with a 15 second video showing Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis clapping, followed by British Office in Taipei officials and staff, led by British representative to Taiwan Catherine Nettleton.
The Clap For Carers is an initiative, devised by Annemarie Plas in the U.K., in which people have taken to their doorsteps and balconies to applaud health workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to foreign media reports.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) told the BBC in a video interview on Wednesday that Taiwan is actively helping the U.K. government procure critical materials and resources from Taiwan to contain the pandemic.
In an email response to CNA queries on Thursday, the British Office in Taipei confirmed that it has continued to procure medical supplies and personal protection equipment from Taiwan.
The office clarified that surgical face masks and other controlled items tagged as “strategic medical resources” are not among the materials being shipped to the United Kingdom.
On April 1, Taiwan pledged 7 million surgical face masks to European countries, including the U.K. and delivery has begun over the past two days, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We are very grateful for Taiwan’s generous offer of surgical masks to the U.K. among other countries. We look forward to working on further details with the Taiwanese authorities,” the British Office said in a statement after Taiwan’s government made the pledge.