The Chinese retail giant’s Alibaba Foundation and founder Jack Ma’s namesake foundation announced today that they are giving 100 million face masks, 1 million N95 masks, and 1 million test kits to World Health Organization (WHO). After receiving the supplies, WHO will distribute them to countries and regions “in immediate need.”
Since February, the Alibaba and Jack Ma Foundations have provided several types of medical supplies to over 150 countries, spread across all the continents except for Antarctica. Today’s donation is the biggest single donation made by foundations to date but is just one of several they have made to support the COVID-19 fight.
“This crisis presents a huge challenge to all humankind in a globalized world,” Ma wrote in a March statement shared on social media. “The pandemic we face today can no longer be resolved by any individual country. Rather, we need to combat the virus by working hand in hand.”