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Coronavirus: Alibaba Foundation donates medical equipment to Nigeria, other African countries



A consignment of over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 tonnes of infection prevention and control commodities arrived in Africa on Monday.

The shipment is a donation from Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma, and his foundation, Alibaba.

Nigeria and the other 53 African countries will each get 20,000 test kits, 100,000 masks and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields, Mr Ma tweeted a week ago.

The donation arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, and was received by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Ethiopian government.

This relief initiative, led by African Union, and facilitated by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, is part of the actions towards implementation of the Africa joint continental strategy for COVID-19, the Africa CDC said in a statement.

“Ethiopian Airlines will help distribute the equipment, consisting of 20,000 laboratory diagnostic test kits, 100,000 medical masks, and 1000 protective suits and face shields, to each of the Member States,” the statement said.

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