Vatican Sends Medical Masks to China

Pope Francis had already expressed his concern about the coronavirus epidemic on 26 January 2020 when he prayed for its victims and families during the Angelus.

Following those concerns, the Holy See donated 600,000 masks for distribution to people in the most affected areas.

In a statement the Vatican press office said the masks were sent to the provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang and Fujian to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, and specified that it was a joint initiative of the Papal Almoner and the Missionary Center of the Chinese Church in Italy, with the collaboration of the Vatican pharmacy.