US donated nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese people, including masks, gowns, gauze, respirators, and other vital materials for the war against COVID-19.
Donated by the American Private Sector
In a press release from the State Department on February 7th, 2020, the agency announced that it "facilitated the transportation of nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to the Chinese people" as The United States announced it's assistance to combat the novel coronavirus.
"These donations are a testament to the generosity of the American people." the press release stated. It also said that the United States government was prepared to spend up to $100 million to assist China.
America Sends Medical Supplies to China
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted about the aide on February 7, saying "We have coordinated with U.S. organizations to transport more humanitarian relief to people in Wuhan"
Just two days before, the 12th coronavirus case in US was reported in Wisconsin, and 3,700 people were quarantined on Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. Americans were being quarantined in military bases across US over Coronavirus.
Several senators were annoucing their concerns of how the White House was approaching the coronavirus issue. Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy said in a tweet "Notably, no request for ANY emergency funding, which is a big mistake. Local health systems need supplies, training, screening staff etc. And they need it now."
Ping Pong With Medical Supplies
Oddly enough, on March 29th, 2020, New York Times reported that White House airlifted medical supplies from China to US in a fight against the Coronavirus.
"A commercial aircraft carrying 80 tons of gloves, masks, gowns and other medical supplies from Shanghai touched down in New York on Sunday" The New York Times reported.
Canada Also Sent Tons to China
On Feb. 9, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s department announced that since Feb. 4, “Canada has deployed approximately 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment, such as clothing, face shields, masks, goggles and gloves” to China.
They are now recieving backlashes for their generous acts.