Jack Ma Foundation, Alibaba support global fight against COVID-19
HANGZHOU, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Jack Ma Foundation on Wednesday released a COVID-19 prevention and treatment handbook in partnership with a local hospital to share with global medical communities China's experience in battling the epidemic.
The English version of the handbook, jointly compiled with the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine, has been made available online, and versions in other languages are being prepared.
Over the past more than 50 days, the hospital has treated 104 COVID-19 patients, including 78 in severe or critical condition. With pioneering efforts and new technologies, it has reported no deaths of patients or infections of medics.
"As the epidemic spreads around the world, the experience is the most precious tool and the most important weapon for medical workers to take to the battlefield," Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, wrote in the preface to the manual.
"We hope the publication of this manual can help at least doctors and nurses in the epidemic areas in other countries walk in our footsteps when stepping on this special battlefield, instead of starting from scratch when facing the new disease," Ma said.
The epidemic poses a common challenge for mankind in the era of globalization, said Ma. "We will not beat the virus unless we are ready to share resources, experience and lessons with each other," he said.
By Wednesday, the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have committed to donating 11.8 million face masks and more than 1.7 million test kits to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Italy, Spain, the United States, and 54 African countries.
The Jack Ma Foundation has donated 100 million yuan (14.2 million U.S. dollars) in support of the research and development for COVID-19 vaccination and treatment. In addition to research institutions in China, collaborations have been formalized with Columbia University and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Australia.
Alibaba's communication app DingTalk has been used by 420 million students in 39 countries and regions as a platform for remote classroom learning, according to the company.
Meanwhile, Alibaba Health and Alipay have created an online channel to offer health risk assessments for the overseas Chinese population.