Taipei, June 23 (CNA) Lithuania's pledged donation of 20,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan has been well received locally, with I-Mei Foods Co. announcing Wednesday that it plans to reciprocate by sending a container of I-Mei puffs to the country.
The Lithuanian government announced Tuesday that it will donate 20,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Taiwan after Taipei sent it 100,000 face masks early in the COVID-19 pandemic last year when the country faced a shortage.
The news triggered excited discussion among netizens in Taiwan on how best to thank Lithuania for its kindness.
I-Mei Foods Co. General Manager Kao Chih-ming announced Wednesday that the company plans to donate a 20-ft container containing 1,800 cartons or 21,600 boxes of I-Mei puffs.
According to the food company, one of the Lithuanian lawmakers who proposed the donation visited I-Mei's food factory and expressed a fondness for the company's puffs.
The cream-filled puffs come in a variety of flavors -- milk, chocolate, pudding, strawberry and black cocoa, according to I-Mei.
Meanwhile, Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislative caucus on Wednesday thanked the northeastern Europe country for its vaccine donation and suggested the government should invite the Lithuanian prime minister or the speaker of its legislature, which is called the Seimas, to visit Taiwan after the COVID-19 situation eases.
Lithuania, the southernmost and largest of the three Baltic states, has a population of 2.95 million. It has reported a daily average of 85 COVID-19 infections over the past seven days.
The pledged COVID-19 vaccine donation is expected to arrive by the end of September, according to the Lithuanian government.