Alibaba Founder Jack Ma joins Twitter, drops Tweet about Coronavirus Aid to US
Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have gathered some 500,000 testing kits 1 million masks to be sent to the United States.
Alibaba Group co-founder Jack Ma has joined Twitter, with his first tweet about a shipment of coronavirus masks and test kits to the US from Shanghai.
Within three hours of the tweet, it got over 15,000 retweets and 84,000 likes.
The first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the US is taking off from Shanghai. All the best to our friends in America. ???? pic.twitter.com/LTn26gvlOl— Jack Ma (@JackMa) March 16, 2020
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted welcoming Ma’s coming on board. “Thank you, Jack (and welcome to Twitter),” he tweeted.
With limited testing available, U.S. officials have recorded nearly 3,000 cases and 65 deaths in the country on Sunday, up from 58 on Saturday.
“This crisis presents a huge challenge to all humankind in a globalised world. 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,” Ma said in a statement.
Through a donation of 500,000 testing kits and 1 million masks, we join hands with Americans in these difficult times. pic.twitter.com/tGviVhC6Gx— Jack Ma Foundation (@foundation_ma) March 13, 2020
The second-richest person in China, Ma had pledged $14 million to help develop a coronavirus vaccine.
Earlier, Bill Gates, world’s second-richest person had announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $100 million to aid global detection, isolation and treatment of the virus.
Globally the disease has affected more than 162,000. Over 6,000 people have died. Mainland China had 16 new confirmed cases on Sunday, down from 20 a day earlier. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in China so far to 80,860.