Chinese Billionaire donates to every African country and USA for the Coronavirus. Jack Ma who was named as the richest Chinese person in 2019 by international business and financial publication, Forbes, revealed that he is donating masks, test kits and protective suits to all countries in Africa to help the continent in its fight against the novel coronavirus.
Chinese billionaire and Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has donated to help Zimbabwe and all the African countries to fight the deadly coronavirus. Ma’s foundation will donate a total of 1.1 million testing kits, six million masks, and 60,000 protective suits and face shields with each African country getting 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields.
Jack Ma announced the development on social media site Twitter, saying, 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.
Below is the full statement from the Jack Ma Foundation which iHarare is publishing in its entirety, Africa can be one step ahead of the virus.
We cannot ignore the potential risk to Africa and assume this continent of 1.3 billion people will blissfully escape the crisis. The world cannot afford the unthinkable consequences of a COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.
We can take precautions now and get prepared ahead of time, as Africa can benefit from the experience and lessons from other countries that were earlier hit hard by the virus.
To combat the potential surging demand for medical supplies and equipment in Africa, Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation will donate to each one of the 54 African nations 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields.
In addition, we will immediately start working with medical institutions in Africa to provide online training material for COVID-19 clinical treatment.
In total, 1.1 million testing kits, 6 million masks, and 60,000 medical use protective suits and face shields will be delivered to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia has agreed to take the lead in managing the logistics and distribution of these supplies to the other African countries. I want to express a big “Thank You” to the Ethiopian government and Prime Minister Abiy.
This crisis is proving to be more difficult and longer-lasting than any of us had expected. We must make every effort to get prepared. The past two months show us that if we take it very seriously and are proactive, we are more than capable of containing the virus.
Now it is as if we were all living in the same forest on fire. As members of the global community, it would be irresponsible of us to sit on the fence, panic, ignore facts or fail to act. We need to take action now!
Last week Jack Ma donated 500,000 testing kits, plus one million face masks, to the U.S. He has also shared his plans to give aid to Europe as well as Iran.
“Now it is as if we were all living in the same forest on fire. As members of the global community, it will be irresponsible of us to sit on the fence, panic, ignore facts, or fail to act. We need to take action now,” Ma said.
Source – iHarare
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