The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm. People and countries are trying their best to deal with the situation, but a little extra help is always welcome.

Bill Gates became the first multi-millionaire to donate $100 million through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to aid global research and treatment of the coronavirus. Now, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, is the latest to join that club. Ma, who is the second-richest person in China, has pledged $14 million from his foundation to help develop a coronavirus vaccine. He has been vocal about the ongoing pandemic and has updated and educated people through his tweets. Most recently, Ma announced that he will be sending aid to some of Asia’s poorest countries.

Ma put out a tweet, in which he pledged a donation of 1.8 million masks, 210,000 test kits, 36,000 protective suits and other equipment to countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, Maldives and others.
The Chinese entrepreneur also stated that while delivering so many masks, suits and test kits won’t be easy, they will try their best to get it done. The aid to Asian countries comes just days after Ma announced that his Jack Ma foundation will be donating 100,000 masks, 20,000 test kits and 1,000 protective suits to each of the 54 countries in the continent of Africa.

Apart from Africa and Asia, Ma had also announced that his foundation will be donating 500,000 testing kits and 1 million masks to those in need in America.

Ma’s donations come at a time when the world needs it the most. Bill Gates and Ma’s philanthropic efforts may just be the catalyst for other multi-millionaire to pledge their money towards solving this pandemic.