China’s richest man Jack Ma who is the founder of the famous e-commerce company, Alibaba is all set to donate 1.8 million face masks and 100,000 Coronavirus test kits to European countries to help combat the outbreak of contagious endemic Coronavirus. He also announced his plan on a Chinese social media site, Weibo as well. He said that he will donate the masks and kits to those countries that are severely affected by the outbreak including Italy and Spain.
Jack Ma said, “Fortunately, although cross-country transport for counter-epidemic goods has been difficult, we learned that the eWTP (The Electronic World Trade Platform) hub in Europe’s Liege Airport is operating well and can act as a lifeline to assist us to deliver our continuous aids to Europe to those in need.
“Although we live thousands of miles apart, we will race against the clock in hopes of providing emergency help to [the countries in need] and overcoming difficulties together.” – Jack MA
This is not for the first time Ma has helped tackle the Covid-19 outbreak. In January also, he has donated 100 million Yuan to the Chinese scientists who are working on a vaccine for the virus.
Jack ma said that these funds will be used to support the development of a coronavirus vaccine adding that 20 million Yuan would go to both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering for the current research and development of virus vaccines.
The foundation said in this support, “The remaining funds will be used to support domestic and foreign top scientific research institutions and researchers to collaborate.”
Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also declared this virus as a Pandemic which is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death”.
“Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this coronavirus. It doesn’t change what the WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do.
“We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled at the same time. WHO has been in full response mode since we were notified of the first cases”.
“We have called every day for countries to take urgent and aggressive action. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear.”
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