Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ith Alibaba Founder Jack Ma. The Jack Ma Foundation has donated 100,000, 20,000 test kits and 1,000 to each of the 54 countries in Africa. www.businesstoday.co.ke
Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ith Alibaba Founder Jack Ma. The Jack Ma Foundation has donated 100,000, 20,000 test kits and 1,000 to each of the 54 countries in Africa. [Photo/Alizila.com]

The Jack Ma Foundation has donated 100,000 medical masks, 20,000 test kits and 1,000 protective suits to each of the 54 countries in Africa.

This comes as efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus gather pace worldwide. The Alibaba Group Founder Jack Ma has stressed the importance of Africa staying one step ahead of the pandemic which has continued to ravage countries across the globe.

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“We cannot ignore the potential risk to Africa and assume this continent of 1.3 billion people will blissfully escape the crisis,” said the statement Ma posted on his Twitter account.

The statement added, “We can take precautions now and get prepared ahead of time, as Africa can benefit from the experience and lessons from other countries that were earlier hit hard by the virus.”

Here’s the complete statement:

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Japan, South Korea, the U.S., Italy, Spain and Belgium are some other countries that Ma has also donated medical supplies to. In addition, he has provided funding to the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Australia and Columbia University in the US for coronavirus research as the pursuit for vaccines and treatment continue.

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