Jack Ma Will Donate Masks, Test Kits And Protective Suits To Asia And Africa
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.
Go Asia! We will donate emergency supplies (1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers) to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. Delivering fast is not easy, but we’ll get it done!
— Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 21, 2020
Africa can be one step ahead of the coronavirus. 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. Thank you @PMEthiopia @AbiyAhmedAli for your support. pic.twitter.com/6oKptVCjNx
— Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 16, 2020
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.
Through a donation of 500,000 testing kits and 1 million masks, we join hands with Americans in these difficult times. pic.twitter.com/tGviVhC6Gx
— Jack Ma Foundation (@foundation_ma) March 13, 2020