China donates PPEs to the FSM

Livingston A. Taulung, FSM Secretary of the Department of Health & Social Affairs, received the donations from Huang Zheng, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China (China) on behalf of the FSM Government (Photo from the FSM Office of the President)

The Federated States of Micronesia recently received a donation of PPEs from the People’s Republic of China (China).

The PPEs include approximately 10,000 medical face masks, 200 sets of protective clothing, and 1,000 pairs of medical gloves. A $50,000 cash donation was also given to the FSM government in support of the national and state initiatives to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Huang Zheng, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, handed over the donation to  Livingston A. Taulung, Secretary of the Department of Health & Social Affairs, on May 21.

The Chinese Ambassador also informed Taulung during the meeting that when a COVID-19 vaccine is available, the people and Government of China will ensure that the vaccine is given to the international community, including the FSM.

“…As you know, developing countries have challenges not only in terms of human resources but also in terms of financial capacity. The assurance from your President with regards to this continued assistance is welcome, and we want to extend our utmost appreciation for that. Furthermore…we appreciate China’s willingness to develop a vaccine for this pandemic, in addition to its promise to share it with our people,” Taulung said.

Huang said, “We really believe that this pandemic is a global humanitarian crisis.”

He added that ‘the virus respects no borders, and global cooperation and solidarity is the strongest weapon to fight it.’

According to the FSM Public Information Office, this is the second wave of assistance from China. The National Government previously received $100,000 of financial support and an additional $150,000 equivalent in donations of PPEs for first responders.

China also directly donated $20,000 to the Pohnpei State Government.