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Jack Ma announces more donations to help fight COVID-19

The Coronavirus outbreak has come with a devastating global impact increasing from 197,590 infections and 7,954 deaths on March 17, 2020

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World's Biggest IPO halted by Chinese President, Jack Ma visits Nigeria, highlights investment prospects, Alibaba donates test kits to Africa to battle Coronavirus, Ethiopian PM to take charge, Jack Ma announces more donations to help fight COVID-19

Chinese billionaire and co-founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, has announced that he will be making more donations to Africa to aid the fight against COVID-19.

“Our 3rd donation to Africa will immediately be made to @_africanunion and @AfricaCDC. This includes 4.6m masks, 500k swabs & test kits, 300 ventilators, 200k clothing sets, 200k face shields, 2k thermal guns, 100 body temp. scanners and 500k pairs of gloves. #OneWorldOneFight” he said  via his verified Twitter handle on Monday morning. 

The billionaire had, earlier in the month of April, made his second donation to the continent to aid on-going efforts to contain the pandemic.

The items contained in the second tranche sent to Africa included “500 ventilators, 200K suits & face shields, 2K thermometers, 1M swabs & extraction kits and 500K gloves.”

(READ MORE: Second edition of Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur Prize opens for applications)

The first set of medical supplies left China for Africa in the month of March, and according to Jack Ma, the supplies were targeted at putting Africa one step ahead in the fight against COVID-19.

“To combat the potential surging demand for medical supplies and equipment in Africa, Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba foundation will donate 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” the letter from Jack Ma Foundation read. 

READ MORE: Jack Ma visits Nigeria, highlights investment prospects 

The billionaire has also made donations to Latin America and Asian countries to help the fight against COVID-19.

Ruth Okwumbu has a MSc. and BSc. in Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Delta state university respectively. Prior to her role as analyst at Nairametrics, she had a progressive six year writing career.As a Business Analyst with Narametrics, she focuses on profiles of top business executives, founders, startups and the drama surrounding their successes and challenges. You may contact her via [email protected]

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