Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma has pledged to donate two million protecting masks for distribution throughout Europe, with a primary consignment arriving in Belgium late on Friday. He additionally provided the United States 500,000 coronavirus check kits and one million masks, because the nation faces a scarcity of kits for diagnosing the doubtless lethal illness.
A cargo airplane loaded with 500,000 masks and different medical provides corresponding to check kits landed at Liege Airport. The consignment will likely be despatched to Italy, a joint assertion by the Alibaba and Jack Ma foundations, the Belgian area of Wallonia and Liege Airport stated.
Further flights are due arrive in coming days to the airport, which is about to grow to be Alibaba’s fundamental European hub for e-commerce shipments.
Ma has additionally stated he’ll donate 500,000 coronavirus testing kits and a million masks to the United States, whereas urging worldwide cooperation to struggle the well being disaster.
In an announcement on Twitter, the founding father of e-commerce large Alibaba stated, “drawing from my own country’s experience, speedy and accurate testing and adequate protective equipment for medical professionals are most effective in preventing the spread of the virus.”
“We hope that our donation can help Americans fight against the pandemic!” he stated in the assertion, which was posted by the Jack Ma Foundation. Ma, who’s China’s richest man, stated that over the previous weeks, his organizations had helped present related provides to virus-hit nations corresponding to Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Spain.
“The pandemic we face today can no longer be resolved by any individual country,” Ma stated. “We can’t beat this virus unless we eliminate boundaries to resources and share our know-how and hard-earned lessons,” Ma stated.