The Foreign Ministry said seven million masks would be sent to Europe, including Spain, Italy and Britain, while two million would go to the United States, and the rest to the small band of countries which maintain formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
“Taiwan can help, and Taiwan is helping,” said Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, speaking at the news conference with Tsai.
Mask use has been widespread in Taiwan since the virus took hold and the government had initially banned mask exports. But it has now ensured plentiful supplies domestically, meaning it is able to donate any surplus.
From Wednesday, masks have to be worn on all public transport in Taiwan, though in practice almost everyone already does so.