Jack Ma donates more coronavirus emergency supplies to Africa

Jack Ma. Internet photo

Chinese billionaire and philanthropist Jack Ma said Monday he had sent more emergency medical supplies to combat coronavirus in Africa.

"Our second donation to 54 countries in Africa is on the way," Ma who's been at heart of Covid-19 prevention efforts announced on Twitter.

 

The kits include 500 ventilators, 200,000 suits and face shields, 2,000 thermometers, 1 million swabs and extraction kits, and 500,000 gloves.

 

The testing and prevention kits were sent through Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed who's overseeing the distribution of the supplies to other countries.

This is the second batch of such prevention kits Ma has sent to Africa through his foundation.

Ma's foundation recently donated a total of 1.1 million testing kits, six million masks, and 60,000 protective suits and face shields to Africa.

Rwanda received, 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks, and 1000 medical use protective suits and face shields.

President Paul Kagame particularly expressed his gratitude to Ma for the donation, saying it was a "huge shot in the arm" in the fight against coronavirus.

The tech billionaire and co-founder of Alibaba recently launched an online platform that allows doctors, nurses and medical experts across the world to share knowledge on the global pandemic.

He specifically encouraged African medical experts to leverage the platform, saying Chinese doctors were ready to help.

"Calling all African medical experts! Chinese frontline doctors are online & ready to share hard-earned lessons," he said.

"Time is running out, but we can help minimize the outbreak by collaborating. Africa can win this war," he added.

Ma has also donated coronavirus prevention supplies to the United States, Italy, and other countries in Asia and Latin America.

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