China billionaire businessman Jack Ma has announced to donate coronavirus testing kits and emergency supplies to Bangladesh and some other countries to fight the novel coronavirus.
In a tweet today, Jack Ma said, "Go Asia! We will donate emergency supplies (1.8M masks, 210K test kits, 36K protective suits, plus ventilators & thermometers) to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. Delivering fast is not easy, but we'll get it done!"
The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation will make the donation of the much-needed medical supplies.
Delivery of the donations will leverage the robust capabilities of the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) to overcome the significant logistical and transportation challenge presented by the vast number of countries and their geographical remoteness.
"The epidemic outbreak has brought challenges to global logistics. With the help of eWTP, we are trying our best to ensure speedy transport and delivery to move the supplies to remote communities where they are most needed," said Juntao Song, secretary general of eWTP.
Earlier this week, the two foundations announced donations of medical supplies to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines that also leveraged eWTP's strong logistics capability for speedy and reliable transportation and delivery.
eWTP has a mandate to empower global SMEs to realize their full economic potential by reducing trade barriers and making it easier for them to participate in global trade.
Bangladesh confirmed the second death from coronavirus today and four new cases on Saturday.
The virus, that is believed to have started spreading from China, already claimed 11,402 lives across the world and 275,469 people are globally infected with the deadly virus.