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U.S. CDC Foundation thanks Taiwan for help in Ebola fight

U.S. CDC Foundation thanks Taiwan for help in Ebola fight

The CDC Foundation of the United States recently expressed gratitude for Taiwan's assistance in dealing with the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, after funds donated by Taiwan have been used to help with the efforts to combat the epidemic, efforts that have seen achievements.

In a letter to Taiwan's representative to the U.S. Shen Lyu-shun earlier this month, Chloe Tonney, senior vice president for external affairs of the CDC Foundation, said Taiwan's assistance during the epidemic and the impact of the US$1 million donated by the country to the organization are profound.

Tonney also praised Taiwan as an important ally in the organization's life-saving efforts.

Taiwan's support provided to the Ebola fighters and the people of West Africa in the day-to-day struggle to beat Ebola has been important, she said, adding that her organization is gratified with Taiwan's partnership in fighting Ebola and protecting the world.

In the letter, Tonney also mentioned the achievements in the Ebola fight so far, including Sierra Leone being declared Ebola-free in November. But the organization has still been operating under heightened surveillance there and continues the fight in Guinea and Liberia, she added.

More than 100 CDC employees remain in West Africa to deal with Ebola, the foundation said.

Established by the U.S. Congress as an independent, non-profit organization, the CDC Foundation connects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with private-sector organizations and individuals in an effort to improve public health around the world.

Last year, Shen donated the money on behalf of the Taiwan government to the foundation to be put into the fund for fighting Ebola.

Meanwhile, Taiwan also sent 100,000 coveralls and 100,000 surgical masks for U.S. personnel working in areas on the frontline of the fight against Ebola last year.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 11,000 people have died from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, with more than 28,000 cases worldwide. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-26 15:12 GMT+08:00