ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines said on Friday it has delivered medical supplies donated by Jack Ma, the founder of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, to 39 African countries within 5 days.
The Chinese businessman decided to support Africa’s coronavirus response following his meeting with Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on March 15.
Ethiopian airlines has transported Jack Ma’s support including testing kits, masks and protective suits to majority of African nations this week.
The Airlines said the mission to deliver the supplies “has once again demonstrated a great gesture of solidarity” to the African people.
Launched by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed and Alibaba Foundation, the relief initiative is part of the actions taken towards implementing Africa’s continental strategy for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Regarding the delivery of medical supplies, Tewolde GebreMariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, thanked both Prime Minister Abiy and Jack Ma “for giving us the opportunity to serve the people of Africa in this globally challenging time”.
“We are happy to announce that we have delivered the COVID-19 test kits, protective masks and other necessary medical supplies to 39 African countries in the last 5 days,” the CEO said.
“In most of these African airports, Ethiopian Cargo airplanes are the only ones delivering these lifesaving emergency medical supplies,’’ he added.
The delivery has so far exceeded the halfway mark with more distribution plans to be continued in the coming days, according to Ethiopian airlines.
Image: The first delivery was made to Sudan earlier this week.