25 March 2020
Alibaba founder Jack Ma sends Russia face masks and coronavirus test kits

Alibaba founder Jack Ma sends Russia face masks and coronavirus test kits

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The Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations have dispatched medical aid to Russia to help combat the spread of the coronavirus, according to a Vedomosti report.

A shipment of medical face masks, coronavirus test kits and other medical supplies arrived in Russia on March 24 via a charter flight from China's Hangzhou. Cainiao, a logistics company owned by Alibaba Group, was involved in the preparation of the cargo and its transportation.

In a statement quoted by Vedomosti, Alibaba said that the dispatched coronavirus tests were certified in China and will significantly speed up the detection of COVID-19 cases. A Cainiao representative could not answer whether their use was approved in Russia.

In late January, Jack Ma donated $14 million to accelerate the development of a coronavirus vaccine, with Alibaba Group setting up a $144 million fund to fund the purchase of medical supplies for the city of Wuhan and Hubei province, where the pandemic began. The Jack Ma Foundation announced the donation of 500,000 testing kits and 1 million masks to the United States on March 13, with further medical aid being directed to countries in South-East Asia, the EU and Africa.

"One world, one fight!", tweeted Ma on March 22. “We will ship long-distance, and we will hurry!”.

According to the latest figures from the Coronavirus Resource Center at John Hopkins University, over 425,000 people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus, of which almost 19,000 have died, and over 109,000 have recovered.

Jack Ma is the founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group. His net worth is estimated at $38.3 billion, putting him in 18th place on Forbes Magazine’s Real-Time Billionaires List.