Be Careful What You Wish for: Andrew Cuomo Thanks Chinese Government for Donating Ventilators
On March 4, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo thanked the Chinese government for donating 1,000 ventilators.
He also thanked Jack Ma, the co-founder of e-commerce Alibaba, and Joe Tsai, another co-founder of Alibaba and the owners of the Brooklyn Nets, for their help.
Cuomo tweeted, “We finally got some good news today. The Chinese government helped facilitate a donation of 1,000 ventilators that will arrive in JFK today. I thank the Chinese government, Jack Ma, Joe Tsai, the Jack Ma Foundation, the Tsai Foundation and Consul General Huang.”
We finally got some good news today.
The Chinese government helped facilitate a donation of 1,000 ventilators that will arrive in JFK today.
I thank the Chinese government, Jack Ma, Joe Tsai, the Jack Ma Foundation, the Tsai Foundation and Consul General Huang.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 4, 2020
NetsDaily reported that Tsai and his wife, Clara, were able to facilitate an initial shipment of 2.6 million masks, 170,000 goggles, and 2,000 ventilators
“We kept hearing cries for (personal protective equipment) from our community and wanted to help,” Clara Tsai said in a CNN interview. The state will allocate the second shipment but “it’s our intention to help the most underserved institutions.”
Clara Tsai said Jacobi Medical Center and Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, and Elmhurst Hospital in Queens were institutions she and her husband believed would need the supplies the most.
Chinese Counsel General Huang Ping, the People’s Republic diplomatic emissary in New York, was also thanked for facilitating the donation.
Although this was a nice gesture from the Chinese government, we should remain skeptical.
There are already reports of defective masks coming from China.