ADDIS ABEBA – Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations is set to make the third round of medical equipment donation to assist African nations’ fight against COVID-19.
The founder of Chinese tech giant Alibaba twitted on Monday saying “Our third donation to Africa will immediately be made to” the African Union (AU) and Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
The medical supplies include 4.6 million masks, 500,000 swabs, and test kits, 300 ventilators, 200,000 clothing sets, 200,000 face shields, 2,000 thermal guns, 100 body temperature scanners and 500,000 pairs of gloves.
The latest donation would become the third batch of medical care packages that the continent would receive from the Chinese billionaire via Ethiopian airlines.
The first cargo flight containing more than 6 million medical items are already distributed to the countries in need of supplies to battle the spreading COVID-19 pandemic. The airlines is expected to conclude distributing the second round of donation includes 500 ventilators, 200,000 suits and face shields, 2,000 thermometers soon.
As of Monday, African nations reported a total of close to 22,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID 19) and 1,124 deaths.
By Sisay Sahlu
Image: The first batch of medical supplies arriving at Addis Ababa Airport