Jack Ma, Asia’s richest man, pledged 1.8 million face masks and 210,000 coronavirus test kits to some of the South Asian countries, the latest step in an ongoing effort from his foundation to push back against what’s become a global pandemic.
“The pandemic we face today can no longer be resolved by any individual country,” Jack Ma has said in a recent statement.
I need your help to share this handbook quickly to hospitals, doctors, nurses and anyone who needs to know around the world. It is available here: https://t.co/WfQEbdmgym. We are in this together! (2/2)— Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 18, 2020
But this is not the first time Jack Ma has announced such a move to help other countries. Recently he announced that he will donate 500,000 coronavirus testing kits and 1 million masks to the United States and urged International cooperation to fight the health crisis.
Jack Ma’s foundation also donated a total of 1.1 million testing kits, six million masks, and 60,000 protective suits and face shields. “The world cannot afford the unthinkable consequences of a COVID-19 pandemic in Africa,” he said in a statement tweeted Monday.
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. ? pic.twitter.com/LTn26gvlOl— Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 16, 2020
In his latest tweet, Jack Ma said that “We will donate emergency supplies 1.8 million masks, 201K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators and thermometers)…”
Jack Ma said speedy and accurate testing and adequate personal protective equipment for medical professionals are most effective in preventing the spread of the virus.
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
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