Daily US Times, Shanghai: Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma donates surgical masks and coronavirus test kits to the US and sent the first shipment.
The Chinese billionaire tweeted two pictures on Monday which shows the pallets of goods being loaded on to a plane in Shanghai.
Earlier this month, he promised to give 500,000 coronavirus test kits and one million masks to America. He is also sending consignments of medical supplies to Europe and called for international cooperation efforts to combat the pandemic.
In his first tweet, Asia’s richest man posted photos of a China Eastern Airlines jet is loading the boxes of face masks and coronavirus test kits as they were shipped to the US.
The shipment comes after the Alibaba Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation announced last week that they had prepared 500,000 testing kits and 1 million masks to be sent to America.
They also said that they had already donated supplies to other countries including Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Spain, with two million protective masks pledged for distribution across Europe.
The first consignment of 500,000 masks and other medical supplies such as test kits, which was destined for Italy, arrived in Belgium on Friday.
Mr Ma also joins other high-profile tech executives in pledging support for coronavirus research and disease prevention.
The world’s second-richest person, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would give $100m to help efforts to stop the spread of the virus.
On Friday, he announced that he is stepping down from Microsoft’s board to spend more time on philanthropic activities.
He says he wants to focus on climate change, global health and development, and education.
The 65-year-old billionaire also left the board of Warren Buffett’s massive holding company, Berkshire Hathaway.
Bill gates stepped down from his daily role in running Microsoft in 2008.