Taipei donates personal protective equipment to San Francisco

Photo courtesy of the Taipei City government

TAIPEI (CNA) — The Taipei City government donated a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE), including surgical masks, to San Francisco earlier this month to help the American sister city combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Sunday.

A total of 100,000 face masks, 12,000 coverall gowns, 50,000 shoe covers and 500 face shields were formally handed over to San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Aug. 18, Ko said in a Facebook post.

The PPE was presented by Hsu Ta-lin (徐大麟), head of San Francisco-Taipei Sister City Committee, on behalf of the Taipei City government, Ko said.

He said the donation was made after his government learned in June that there had been a spike in COVID-19 cases in San Francisco, a sister city of Taipei’s.

Along with the PPE, the Taipei City government also gave San Francisco an English version of its standard operating procedures and guidelines for COVID-19 control, which included measures such as designating “quarantine hotels” and special taxi services for people in quarantine, Ko said..

“Taiwan can help, Taipei is helping,” Ko said in the Facebook post. COVID-19 is still spreading across the globe, and the world should unite to fight the pandemic, he said.

Taipei and San Francisco established sister city ties in 1969.