Its latest gambit: sending testing kits and masks to the U.S.
Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of the online giant Alibaba, posted two pictures of supplies being loaded onto a China Cargo Airlines flight on Monday morning.
“The first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the U.S. is taking off from Shanghai. All the best to our friends in America,” Ma tweeted.
The tweet was Ma’s first since joining Twitter this week.
The Jack Ma Foundation tweeted that the shipment contains 500,000 testing kits and 1 million masks. The supplies will be handed over to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.
The supplies will arrive in the U.S. as shutdowns and closures ramp up across the country.
The Trump administration continues to face criticism for its handling of the outbreak: the president’s repeatedly downplayed the severity of the virus, and the administration has failed to provide adequate tests to those who need them.
The U.S. currently has 3,400 confirmed coronavirus infections and 65 deaths have been reported.
“Drawing from my own country’s experience, speed and accurate testing and adequate personal protective equipment for medical professionals are most effective in preventing the spread of the virus. We hope that our donation can help Americans fight against the pandemic,” the foundation said in a statement.
Ma’s foundations have already shipped 1.8 million masks and 100,000 test kits to other places impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, including Italy and Spain.