China’s Jack Ma donates second batch of medical supplies to Africa to combat COVID-19

FILE:A shipment of masks and test kits being loaded into a plane in Shanghai before being flown to the U.S. /PHOTO: Jack Ma – Twitter

Chinese billionaire and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma has made a second round of donations of protective and medical equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic in African countries.

Jack Ma says the second donation will include 500 ventilators, 200,000 suits and face shields, 2,000 thermometers, 1 million swabs and extraction kits and 500,000 gloves.

The equipment will be shipped to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa from where they will be distributed to the 54 African countries.

Last month, the Chinese businessman issued out a total of 1.1 million testing kits, 6 million masks and 60,000 medical use protective suits and face shields that were distributed among the 54 African nations.

Each African country received 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields.

“We cannot ignore the potential risk to Africa and assume this continent of 1.3 billion people will blissfully escape this crisis. The world cannot afford the unthinkable consequences of a COVID-19 pandemic in Africa,” Jack Ma stated when he made his earlier donation.