“The first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the US is taking off from Shanghai. All the best to our friends in America” Tweets Jack Ma, the Alibaba Co-founder.
Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma donates 500,000 coronavirus testing kits and one million face masks to the United States.
“Drawing from my own country’s experience, speedy and accurate testing and adequate personal protective equipment for medical professionals are most effective in preventing the spread of the virus,” Jack Ma said in a statement. “We hope that our donation can help Americans fight against the pandemic!”
He also donates to Africa, “To each of the 54 African countries, we will donate 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields.” he said.
Ma has donated one million masks to Japan, one million masks to Iran, 1.8 million masks and 100,000 testing kits to Europe, with the first batch arriving in Belgium this week.
China is the world’s biggest supplier of face masks. As the coronavirus crisis in China ramped up in January, the country cut face mask exports to the rest of the world while buying up most of the world’s supply.