Updates: Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire businessman, has offered the United States half a million coronavirus test kits and a million masks, as the country faces a shortage of kits for diagnosing the potentially deadly disease.
"Drawing from my own country's experience, speedy and accurate testing and adequate protective equipment for medical professionals are most effective in preventing the spread of the virus," the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba said on twitter.
He added in the statement, which was posted by the Jack Ma Foundation, "We hope that our donation can help Americans fight against the pandemic!"
Ma, who is China's richest man, said that over the past weeks, his organizations had helped provide similar supplies to virus-hit countries such as Japan, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Spain.
Ma said, "The pandemic we face today can no longer be resolved by any individual country. We can't beat this virus unless we eliminate boundaries to resources and share our know-how and hard-earned lessons.”
The American government has come under heavy criticism for the slowness of testing for the virus, and public health officials have rebuked President Donald Trump for playing down the seriousness of the fast-spreading pandemic.
The Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden, in the race to face Trump in elections in November, slammed the lack of test kits on Thursday.
The former vice president said,"The administration's failure on testing is colossal, and it's a failure of planning, leadership and execution."
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