Chinese Consul General to San Francisco Wang Donghua speaks at a donation ceremony in San Francisco, the United States, April 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaoling)
SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Consulate here as well as Chinese companies in the United States donated personal protective equipment to the local community on Tuesday to help its fight against COVID-19.
"The coronavirus does not respect any border or race. It is our common enemy, the only way to defeat the virus is for all of us to work together in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation," Chinese Consul General to San Francisco Wang Donghua said at the donation ceremony in Redwood City, the San Mateo County seat.
A total of 175 protective clothes, 1,600 N95 masks and 3,000 other medical masks were delivered at the ceremony.
"As the virus is still accelerating its spread in the United States, many medical supplies are badly needed. This is only part of our donations to this area," Wang said, adding that "we are trying to bring more donations so that the people here would be in a better place to fight the virus."
"I think the experiences we have gained during the combat against the coronavirus could also be helpful, and we are ready to share them with the people in the United States," he added.
David Burruto, chief of staff at the office of the county's Supervisor Dave Pine, expressed his gratitude, saying that the donation is crucial to keep frontline health care workers safe and to help defeat the virus and get back to normal.
"When America needs help, we are all here together to help. That's how we establish relations and friendship," said Jojo Zou, principal China advisor to San Mateo County Trade Office.
"This just shows if we come together, we can give hope to everybody, and we can defeat the virus," said Wayne Lee, a council member of Millbrae, a city located in northern San Mateo County.
San Mateo County is located in the San Francisco Bay Area and is part of Silicon Valley, a global center for high-tech and innovation.