05.05.20

Gardner Applauds Taiwan Donation of Another 2.28 Million Masks to the U.S.

Colorado will receive 100,000 additional masks from Taiwan

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, applauded Taiwan’s commitment today to donate an additional 2.28 million masks to the United States in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Colorado will receive 100,000 masks, which is on top of the 100,000 masks Taiwan already donated to the state in April. 

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“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,” said Senator Gardner. “It has been an honor to work with President Tsai to advance the friendship between the U.S. and Taiwan. 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.” 

On March 26, the President signed Gardner’s TAIPEI Act, which requires a U.S. strategy to engage with governments around the world to support Taiwan’s diplomatic recognition or to strengthen unofficial ties with Taiwan, calls on the U.S. Department of State to exercise a range of diplomatic and assistance options with regard to any government that takes adverse actions with regard to Taiwan, and articulates a clear U.S. policy to support Taiwan’s participation in appropriate international organizations like the World Health Organization, which would help Taiwan respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and be able to share globally its expertise and knowledge in handling this crisis. The bill also calls on the Administration to enhance economic cooperation with Taiwan. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged to fully comply with Gardner’s TAIPEI Act and support Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization. 

Senator Gardner is working around the clock to obtain more personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 tests for Colorado:

  • In April, Gardner worked with Taiwan to secure two million total masks for the U.S. and 100,000 for Colorado and worked with Lowe’s to provide 100,000 masks to Colorado.
  • Gardner worked with the South Korean government to secure over 100,000 COVID-19 tests for Colorado and with the company Aytu Bioscience to secure 100,000 tests.
  • Gardner secured 100 ventilators from the federal government for Colorado.
  • Gardner called for an investigation into reports that thousands of ventilators in the national stockpile are not functioning.
  • Gardner has requested expedited review of certification capabilities of and PPE produced by universities in Colorado to help increase additional PPE for distribution.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.