By Peter Yeo
For over seven decades, New York City has been home to the United Nations. Currently, it is also the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic here in the United States. As the global community comes together to fight the disease, the UN is doing its part to help its host city.
In coordination with U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Kelly Craft, the UN donated 250,000 face masks to New York City frontline health workers.
According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the masks were a part of surplus UN stocks. Noting that the UN speaks “with one voice to express our resolute support for this great city and its proud people,” Guterres expressed his hope that the face masks will makes a difference for New York City’s frontline workers.
I’m pleased to announce, with @USAmbUN Kelly Craft, the donation to the USA of 250,000 protective face masks, just located in storage at the @UN.
These masks will be given to medical professionals in NYC working courageously & tirelessly in response to #COVID19. pic.twitter.com/Cqh1rQWMV6
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 28, 2020
The UN and the U.S. Mission to the UN are working closely with Mayor DeBlasio’s office to ensure delivery of the equipment to medical facilities around the city.
.@USUN is thrilled to be able to support NYC’s tireless health care workers with a donation of 250,000 protective face masks just located in @UN stores in New York. These professionals are the on the front lines of our battle against #COVID19.
— Ambassador Kelly Craft (@USAmbUN) March 28, 2020
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Photo courtesy of the United Nations.