First Batch of Jack Ma’s COVID-19 Relief Package Arrives Africa

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FILE PHOTO: Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Holding, gestures during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma donates millions of face masks, testing kits to help Africa fight coronavirus pandemic

Billionaire philanthropist Jack Ma jumped into action when it became evident that the novel Coronavirus is an epidemic. Over the weeks, he has sent relief packages all over the globe and he is leaving no country behind in his effort to help the world fight the relentless virus.

A couple of weeks ago, news reached Africa claiming that Ma was planning on sending the continent a batch of relief supplies. According to a tweet by the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed Ali, 1.1 million testing kits, 6 million face masks, and 60,000 protective suits arrived Ethiopia to be distributed throughout Africa. Each of the continent’s 54 nations will receive 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 protective suits.

This is coming just days after the business magnate sent 1 million face masks and 500,000 testing kits to the United States.

Talking about the pandemic, Jack Ma, China’s richest man and founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, said “This crisis is proving to be more difficult and longer-lasting than any of us had expected,” Ma further said the world“cannot afford the unthinkable consequences of a COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.” Luckily, the African continent has been spared the brunt of the outbreak, however, the number of infections keeps increasing on a daily basis.

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