Chinese billionaire Jack Ma sends third consignment of medical supplies to Africa containing 4.6 million masks and 500,000 swabs and test kits to beat COVID-19 Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 6, 2021

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has sent his third consignment of medical supplies to Africa to beat COVID-19. The consignment contains 4.6 million masks, 500,000 swabs and test kits, 300 ventilators, 200,000 PPEs, 200,000 face shields, 2000 thermal scanners, 100 body temperature scanners and 500,000 pairs of hand gloves.

The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Group have already donated several essential medical supplies and equipment to countries in Africa to help them respond to the Coronavirus disease (COVID19) on the continent.

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The latest supplies, to enhance Africa CDC’s strategic stockpile to assist member states in the COVID-19 response, would be delivered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday.

From there, they would be distributed to the 55 African countries recognized by the African Union.

AU said in a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C. that the African Union through Africa CDC will receive the consignment of the Jack Ma’s donation on Sunday, and coordinate the distribution to all 55 African Union member states in the coming weeks.

Representatives from the African Union (Africa CDC), Jack Ma Foundation, Embassy of China, Government of Ethiopia and other Diplomatic missions to the African Union would be at the Bole International Airport, Cargo section on Sunday morning to receive the consignment.

Last March, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical supplies shipped by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations to combat coronavirus pandemic on the continent.

Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate Covid-19 Medical Equipment to African Union Member States (Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate Covid-19 Medical Equipment to African Union Member States (Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)

The shipment included over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 tons of infection prevention and control commodities.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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