Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation Ramp up Coronavirus Aid to Europe
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As cases of Covid-19 continue to rise across Europe, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have increased efforts to provide support and supplies to impacted countries.
Donations to Italian Red Cross
Last week, a donation of 500,000 surgical masks — bearing the triumphant lyrics from the famed Italian aria “Nessun Dorma” — were dispatched from Hangzhou, China, and sent to Belgium’s Liege Airport and then on to Rome, where they were received by the Italian Red Cross. With continued support from the Italian Civil Protection Agency and Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an additional 500,000 masks and 100,000 test kits donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation are due to arrive in Rome this week.
“The Covid-19 emergency has revealed the power of international solidarity, both from institutions and companies,” said Francesco Rocca, president of the Italian Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. According to Rocca, supplies donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation will be distributed to more than 1,000 branches of the Italian Red Cross nationwide.
Masks for Belgium Arrive at Liege Airport
Belgium, the first European partner of the Alibaba-led Electronic World Trade Platform, has been instrumental in facilitating the delivery of medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak. In particular, the smart logistics hub at Liege Airport in the Wallonia region has played a crucial role in the distribution of provisions to communities in the EU most affected by the virus.
On the evening of March 16, a batch of 300,000 medical masks donated by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation arrived at Liege Airport and was delivered to Sciensano, the Public Health Institute of Belgium.
According to Maggie De Block, Belgium’s minister of public health, the masks will go to the country’s frontline medical staff and healthcare providers.
Aid Efforts Supported by Spain’s King Felipe VI and Ministry of Health
The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have also committed to sending medical supplies, including masks and test kits, to the National Institute of Health Management in Spain.
With the support of King Felipe VI and the Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare, the foundations were able to deliver an initial batch of 500,000 masks from Shanghai to Zaragoza Airport on Tuesday. Additional supplies are due to arrive in Spain over the next few days.
Masks En Route to Slovenia and France
On March 18, another cargo plane carrying medical masks departed from Hangzhou and arrived at Liege Airport. A portion of these donated supplies will go to frontline medical staff in Belgium. Also on the chartered flight were masks for Slovenia and France. According to the foundations, Slovenia’s Department of Defense and France’s Ministère des Affaires sociales et de la Santé provided crucial support in the delivery of these supplies.
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