Chinese billionaire Jack Ma to donate test kits, face masks to US

As the world is consumed by panic and doomsday prophesies, there is the occasional glimmer of good news.

The Hill reported that Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is donating one million face masks and 500,000 Coronavirus test kits to the United States. 

The richest man in Asia knows what it is going to take to beat the coronavirus.

Sharing know-how

In a statement posted on Twitter, Ma said, “Drawing from my own country’s experience, speedy and accurate testing and adequate personal protective equipment for medical professionals are the most effective in preventing the spread of the virus.”

“We can’t beat this virus unless we eliminate boundaries to resources and share our know-how and hard-earned lessons.”

Once the virus took hold, China waged a vigorous campaign to suppress the outbreak and has been largely successful. The lessons learned there are sorely needed all over the world.

Global governments will need to share knowledge and to some extent, resources to end the world-disrupting pandemic. The U.S. particularly has fallen behind in testing the disease due to a reported shortage of test kits.

Ma finished off his statement by saying, “We hope that our donation can help Americans fight against the pandemic!”

Global crisis

The coronavirus is now present in every major region and has been for longer than originally thought due to testing delays and slow government reactions.

The critical failure of the U.S. response was our lack of testing kits and expertise. Now, thanks to Ma’s generosity, that situation may see some relief.

For now, the U.S., along with the rest of the world, is engulfed in a fight with a virus we still know very little about. The coronavirus has really exposed how vulnerable the world is to healthcare disruptions.

World leaders need to have a real plan in place in the case that a far deadlier pandemic occurs. The coronavirus crisis is a stress test of the system and so far we have failed badly.

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