Source : SCMP
Asia’s richest man announced his intention on Friday to ship 500,000 testing kits and 1 million masks to the US in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Jack Ma’s charitable foundation and his China-based company’s foundation, the Alibaba Foundation, have also sourced and donated supplies to other countries being hit by the virus, including Japan, Korea, Italy, Iran and Spain. (Alibaba owns the South China Morning Post.)
The donation comes amid testing delays across the US as state officials scramble amid a shortage of lab materials – sparking concerns that health officials are undercounting the number of Americans with the virus.
“Drawing from my own country’s experience, speedy and accurate testing and adequate personal protective equipment for medical professionals are most effective in preventing the spread of the virus,” the statement said. “We hope that our donation can help Americans fight against the pandemic!”