Chinese billionaire and co-founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, has vowed to donate 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 protective suits to each African nation to help counter coronavirus.
With the continent reporting over 300 cases of COVID-19, Ma says Africa can be one step ahead of the coronavirus.
He said that the African supplies will be sent to the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed overseeing delivery to the rest of the continent.
“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,” he added.
Mr. Ma said his Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation would also be supplying medical institutions on the continent with online content for clinical treatment of coronavirus.
Great appreciation to Jack Ma for partnering with #Ethiopia to distribute 10-20k corona testing kits per country; more than 100k masks for each African country, and guideline books developed recently on how to treat patients with the virus. 2/3— Abiy Ahmed Ali 🇪🇹 (@AbiyAhmedAli) March 15, 2020
“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 by 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.”