The United Nations gave this Saturday to New York City, where it has its headquarters, a donation of 250,000 masks to face the expansion of the coronavirus.
The masks will go to medical professionals in the Big Apple, who have “been working with courage, altruistically and tirelessly in response to the advance of COVID-19,” explained the head of the organization, António Guterres, who trusted that these materials have “some small role to save lives”.
“We speak with one voice to express our strong support for this great city and its proud inhabitants. For us, New York is not just our home or the UN headquarters, it is a vibrant international capital in which the world communicates, debates , trade and prosper, “Guterres said in a statement.
“On behalf of the UN community and the diplomatic corps, we sincerely hope that this modest donation will make a difference,” he added.
The Mayor of the Big Apple, Bill de Blasio, went to the United Nations headquarters to supervise the reception of the cargo, according to his office.
“I thank the United Nations for its much-needed donation. New Yorkers and the international community are together in this fight,” said De Blasio, who recalled that the city is the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, with more than 29,000 confirmed cases and more than 500 deceased.
Local authorities have asked for donations of materials to protect the toilets, in the expectation that hospital reserves will soon be insufficient.
On Friday, the mayor had warned that the city has the necessary equipment to work only until April 5, and also stressed the importance of obtaining more key supplies such as ventilators, which require many serious COVID-19 patients.