Co-founder of Alibaba Jack Ma has sent initial shipment of surgical masks and coronavirus testing kits to the United States. The Chinese billionaire posted on Twitter two pictures of the goods pallets being loaded onto a Shanghai plane.
He said he would send America 500,000 test kits and one million masks earlier this month. Mr Ma also sends consignments of medical equipment to Europe, as he called for measures to counter the pandemic through international cooperation.
In his first tweet, the richest Asian person posts photos of a China Eastern Airlines jet load with boxes of coronavirus test kits and face masks as they ship to the United States. It comes after the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation announces last week that 500,000 test kits and 1 million masks preparing to ship to America.
They said that they had also donated supplies to other countries like Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Spain. This is with two million safety masks pledge for shipment in Europe. On Friday, the first consignment of 500,000 masks and other medical supplies arrived in Belgium. The supplies include test kits, bound for Italy.
He joined other high-profile executives in promising support for work into coronavirus and prevention of diseases. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, the second-wealthiest person in the world, has announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $100 m to help stop the virus spread.
Hence, Mr Gates revealed on Friday that he has stepped down from the board of Microsoft. So, it is to actually spend time on philanthropic activities. He said he wanted to concentrate on global health and sustainability, education and climate change. Chinese tech companies, including Tencent, Didi Chuxing ride-hailing service. ByteDance, owner of TikTok, have all committed money and energy to battle the coronavirus outbreak.