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16.36 17 Apr 2020


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Medical equipment such as face masks, test kits, ventilators, protective suits and face shields have been donated to the Health Service Executive (HSE) from the Alibaba and Jack Ma Foundations.

These are to support its fight against the spread of COVID-19.

The shipment of medical supplies arrived in Dublin after being flown from China.

The cargo flight departed from Hangzhou and arrived at Alibaba's Belgium eWTP Hub at Liege Airport before onward transportation to Ireland.

HSE Chief Executive Officer Paul Reid said: "I’d like to thank the Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation for the donation we have received.

"All supplies of ventilators, test kits, face masks, face shields and protective clothing, have now been distributed to hospitals across the country, where they will aid our health services in treating those most in need, testing more people and keeping hospital staff protected, as they continue to go about their critical work in the fight against coronavirus."

This donation is among a number of initiatives from the Alibaba Foundation and Jack Ma Foundation to support the areas of the world most affected by the crisis.

It is also sourcing and delivering various types of medical supplies to Asia, North America, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

The foundations are also funding research and development of COVID-19 virus treatment options in China and at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Australia and Columbia University in the US.

The Jack Ma Foundation is a charitable organisation established in 2014 by Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group.

Alibaba is a Chinese multinational technology company which specialises in e-commerce, retail, internet and technology.

Main image: Picture by: Alibaba 

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