14 March 2020
Having visibly assisted his own country and many other highly affected countries in dealing with the spread of the coronavirus, Billionaire Jack Ma is hoping he can do the same for an embattled USA.
The US is currently struggling to assess the number of infected individuals and contain the spread of the virus due to its lack of resources. Hence, Jack Ma has made a pledge that will see him provide testing kits and medical face masks to those in need in the USA.
In a statement from his charitable organization, The Jack Ma Foundation, it was announced that the Alibaba founder would be providing 500,000 testing kits and a million medical face masks to unspecified States in the USA.
In the foundation’s released statement Ma shared his perspective on what he and his foundation had identified was ensuring the success of Chinese efforts in containing the spread of the virus. Ma’s statement read, “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.”
US President, Donald Trump, recently declared a state of emergency in the USA due to the coronavirus. The US has already lost 50 people due to the coronavirus and at the time of this writing has 2,329 confirmed cases of the virus.
Although the US has recently banned travel from numerous parts of the world (most recently the entire Schengen zone in Europe) Ma will still provide the country with aid.
The Chinese Entrepreneur’s belief is that, “At this moment, we cannot beat the virus until we eliminate boundaries to resources and share our know-how and hard-earned lessons.”
To date the coronavirus is responsible for the deaths of approximately 5,000 people globally. Over 128,000 have been infected with virus as well.
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