Wisconsin has received a large donation of procedural masks from international businesses and the Taiwanese government, Gov. Tony Evers announced.
The donation of 210,000 masks augments the state's personal protective equipment supply for health care and public safety workers.
The shipment includes 100,000 procedural masks from Wanxiang America Corp., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Wanxiang Group Company based in China, and its president Pin Ni.
"These donations are welcome additions to our state resources and will help our frontline responders carry on the fight against COVID-19," Evers said. "Partnerships like these are a vital part of our response to this pandemic. I want to thank these donors for reaching out, stepping up and pitching in to help our state during this public health challenge."
The state also received 10,000 procedural masks jointly donated by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, representing the government of Taiwan, and fitness retailer Johnson Fitness & Wellness. The government of Taiwan also donated an additional 100,000 procedural masks.
"Competition for PPE is intense and global," Evers said. "That is why we have built partnerships with businesses and governments, both here and abroad, to help grow our state supply. We will continue to pursue every available avenue to equip our COVID-19 frontline responders so they can help keep Wisconsin communities safe and healthy."
Companies and organizations can donate or sell PPE to the state through its donor and buyback program.
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