Alibaba founder Jack Ma has pledged to donate two million protective masks across Europe.
The Chinese billionaire announced on Friday that a cargo plane loaded with 500,000 masks and other medical supplies, including test kits, would be sent to Italy.
In a joint statement from Alibaba and Jack Ma foundations, the Belgian region of Wallonia and Liege Airport, the groups said further flights would arrive in coming days to the airport, which will become Alibaba’s main European hub for ecommerce shipments.
Ma will also donate 500,000 coronavirus testing kits and one million masks to the United States, while urging international cooperation to fight the health crisis.
“Drawing from my own 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,” Ma said in a statement.
“We hope that our donation can help Americans fight against the pandemic!” he added.