United States Facilitates Taiwan Donation of 50 U.S.-Manufactured Ventilators to Panama through Local Foundation

Panama City, 2 September 2020.- U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stewart Tuttle participated in a donation ceremony of 50 U.S.-manufactured ventilators from Taiwan to the people of Panama, through the Manuel Cohen Mazan Foundation.

The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Health headquarters, since the ventilators will be distributed in public hospitals to support COVID-19 patients’ treatment in Panama. The United States has provided Panama with more than $4 million in assistance to manage the COVID-19 outbreak.

Taiwan donated the 50 U.S.-manufactured ventilators to Panama with the help of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This donation is part of the joint U.S.-Taiwan effort to counter COVID-19 around the world.

“Taiwan has proven to be a world leader in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has shown the value of our shared democratic values, with a response based on transparency, integrity, and compassion,” said Chargé d’Affaires Tuttle at the ceremony.

These 50 ventilators are in addition to the 50 ventilators given to Panama during the visit of U.S. National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien, on August 17.