The fight against the coronavirus in US has received a huge boost as Chinese business Mogul, Jack Ma want to donate 500,000 million to the testing kits and one million face masks to the United States.
The kits and masks have been sourced and are ready to be delivered, he said Friday on Twitter and Weibo, China’s micro-blogging platform.
Likened to it 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,” Jack Ma said in a statement. “We hope that our donation can help Americans fight against the pandemic!”
Ma’s offer came just hours after US President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to free up $50 billion in federal resources to combat coronavirus amid criticism authorities had been too slow to test and respond as the disease spread from Asia to America’s shores.
It would be recalled that the business tycoon has also donated one million masks to Japan in March 2 and had been making attempt to ship one million masks to Iran as of March 6, according to his Weibo posts.
In a March 11 post, he wrote that 1.8 million masks and 100,000 testing kits would go to Europe, with the first batch arriving in Belgium this week. He shared plans to donate to Italy and Spain, two other countries hard-hit by the virus, helping to build resilience and strengthen country’s health system in a manner expected to endure beyond the coronavirus crisis period.
The United States as of Friday afternoon had surpassed 2,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, and the death toll climbed to 51, with 25 of the deaths associated with the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington.
China who remain as the world’s biggest supplier of face masks. As the coronavirus crisis in China ramped up in January, the country cut face mask exports to the rest of the world while buying up most of the world’s supply.
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday, and on Friday, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to the pandemic.
Many observers accused that Ma’s donations could be interpreted as a flex of power.
Jack wrote on his Twitter account by quoting a slogan popularized by one of the US founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin: “United we stand, divided we fall”