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Hangzhou, Nov. 8 (Xinhua/NAN)  Alibaba Group on Friday announced an additional investment of 23.3 billion yuan (3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in Cainiao Network, raising its equity stake in the logistics subsidiary to about 63 percent from 51 per cent.

According to Cainiao Network, with more financial resources, it will be able to continue its investment in technologies and logistics infrastructure services to strengthen its smart global logistics network.

Other existing shareholders also participated in the fundraising, demonstrating strong confidence in Cainiao’s long-term prospect.

“It allows us to offer the best service to customers and to effectively advance our new retail strategy,’’ said Zhang Yong, CEO of Alibaba.

To improve its efficiency, Cainiao Network, a business under Alibaba Group established in 2013, has introduced the Internet of Things and smart supply chain solutions in the logistics sector, along with algorithms and technologies.(Xinhua/NAN)

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Guinea-Bissau receives more donation of medical supplies from Jack Ma, Alibaba foundations

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Guinea-Bissau on Monday received a third batch of medical supplies donated by China‘s Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations to support the country’s COVID-19 response, the World Food Program (WFP) in Guinea-Bissau said in a press release.

This batch of material includes 2,496 test kits, 12 thermometers, 28,550 masks, 5,000 medical gloves, 810 face shields, 50 protective glasses, 1,000 protective suits, one body temperature scanner and two ventilators.

“This donation is very important to improve the working conditions and the protection of health care workers who find themselves on the front line in this fight,” WFP Representative in Guinea-Bissau Kiyomi Kawaguchi said, adding that “Guinea-Bissau needs medical equipment, because there is a risk of inventory shortage.”

In addition, Dionisio Cumba, coordinator of Guinea-Bissau’s Health Emergency Operations Center, welcomed the gesture of solidarity from the two Chinese foundations which continue to support Guinea-Bissau.

“This equipment will allow the national laboratory to process and analyze COVID-19 infection tests more quickly,” he said.

Cumba said no COVID-19 test was done on Monday due to the lack of materials at the national laboratory.

So far, Guinea-Bissau has reported 1,178 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths and 42 recoveries.

President of Guinea-Bissau Umaro Sissoco Embalo has extended the state of emergency until May 26, and the wearing of masks is mandatory in all public spaces.

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Roundup: AU hails China’s Jack Ma, Alibaba foundations’ multifaceted support to public health in Africa

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The African Union (AU) Commission on Tuesday commended China‘s Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations’ multifaceted support in strengthening public health Africa, with particular emphasis on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.

The statement was made by John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member pan African bloc, as he emphasized the China‘s Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations’ support to Africa’s anti-COVID-19 fight, which ranges from much-needed material support to experience sharing on fighting the pandemic.

“The Jack Ma Foundation is now taking its support to public health in Africa to the next level as it collaborates with Africa CDC by holding a special webinar entitled “Global MediXChange for Combating COVID-19 (GMCC): The Experience of China” on Tuesday,” the Africa CDC said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“Partnership is the key to winning the war against COVID-19. In our strategy we have highlighted four things: cooperation, collaboration, coordination and communication,” said Nkengasong, adding “if we do not want Africa to be the next epicenter, we must foster multi-sectoral partnerships at the community level, at the national level, at the continental level, and at the global level.”

“This important collaboration is a major milestone in achieving this,” he said.

According to the Africa CDC, the webinar for combating COVID-19 across the African continent and beyond with particular emphasis on the experience of China “will enable medical experts from Africa, China and other parts of the world to share knowledge, experience and best practices for treating COVID-19. The webinar was open to the public.”

Supported by technologies and tools from Alibaba Health and Alibaba Cloud, the GMCC mainly features three main components that are digital access to epidemic prevention resources, videos and webinars, and tools for online discussions, it was noted.

Nearly 3,000 medical professionals have already joined the platform globally and thousands of medical staff from hospitals across Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe have so far participated in live exchange sessions organized by the GMCC to better understand how to respond to this new virus disease pandemic, according to the Africa CDC.

The latest collaboration between the Africa CDC and Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations is also said to be in line with the African Union Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT): Trace, Test and Track (CDC-T3), and supports implementation of the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19, it was noted.

“The new collaboration paves the way for long-term, more structured and more strategic support to public health initiatives in Africa,” the Africa CDC said.

On Monday, the Africa CDC had received the third donation of medical equipment and supplies from the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

The donation, which will be distributed to all African Union (AU) member states in support of their national COVID-19 fight, includes 4.6 million masks, 500,000 swabs and test kits, 300 ventilators, 200,000 sets of protective clothing, 200,000 face shields, 2,000 temperature guns, 100 body temperature scanners, and 500,000 pairs of gloves.

“Getting diagnostics and medical equipment for COVID-19 response is a global challenge. Africa is in a fierce competition with the developed world with respect to the availability of commodities,” the Africa CDC Director said.

“These donations from the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation have been an incredible initiative helping to feed the need for medical supplies by African countries,” he added.

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Mauritania receives new medical donation from Jack Ma, Alibaba foundations

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The second batch of medical donation from Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations to Mauritania was received Monday by Mauritanian Health Minister Dr. Mohamed Nedhirou Ould Hamed in Nouakchott.

“This second batch includes respirators, tests and other medical equipments,” said the minister.

“This contribution reflects the level of cooperation between Mauritania and China. It is a cooperation that has covered decades of different sectors, including that of health, and which still benefits today from the generous support of Chinese economic operators to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“This precious aid will allow the country to strengthen its preventive means against this pandemic, in particular through analyzing and testing which will allow a more precise knowledge of the health situation,” he added.

Chinese Ambassador to Mauritania Zhang Jianguo said this contribution supported the efforts made by the Mauritanian public health authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“In these difficult times, China stands alongside Mauritania to support it in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as exactly Mauritania had stood by China‘s side,” Zhang said.

The first batch of medical donation from the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation arrived in Mauritania on March 28.

According to the health ministry, Mauritania has no more active “positive case” of COVID-19 after four patients under treatment tested negative.
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Guinea-Bissau receives more medical donation from Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations

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Guinea-Bissau on Monday received a second donation of medical supplies from the Chinese foundations of Jack Ma and Alibaba, the country’s Secretary of State for Hospital Management, Cornelia Aleluia Lopes Man, announced.

“This batch of equipment includes respirators, screening kits, thermometers, protective suits and other laboratory equipment,” Ms. Man told Xinhua.

She recalled that “Guinea-Bissau had already benefited from a first donation of medical supplies from the Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations”.

“In addition, the country received another donation of medical supplies from the Chinese government last Saturday.

“These gestures of solidarity prove once again that China is indeed by the side of Guinea-Bissau in the fight against COVID-19,’’ she said.

The authorities have taken several drastic measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Drastic measures such as closure of borders, bars, restaurants, markets, places of worship, schools and universities, prohibition of gatherings and movement of people and suspension of public transport.

Guinea-Bissau currently has 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including three cured and 47 under treatment.

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Guinea-Bissau on Monday received a second donation of medical supplies from the Chinese foundations of Jack Ma and Alibaba, the country’s Secretary of State for Hospital Management Cornelia Aleluia Lopes Man announced.

“This batch of equipment includes respirators, screening kits, thermometers, protective suits and other laboratory equipment,” Ms. Man told Xinhua.

She recalled that “Guinea-Bissau had already benefited from a first donation of medical supplies from the Jack Ma and Alibaba foundations”.

In addition, “the country received another donation of medical supplies from the Chinese government last Saturday,” she said.

“These gestures of solidarity prove once again that China is indeed by the side of Guinea-Bissau in the fight against COVID-19,” Ms. Man said.

The authorities have taken several drastic measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country, such as closure of borders, bars, restaurants, markets, places of worship, schools and universities, prohibition of gatherings and movement of people and suspension of public transport.

Guinea-Bissau currently has 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3 cured and 47 under treatment.
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COVID-19: Comedian Alibaba urges LASG on strict lockdown implementation

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Nigerian comedian Atunyota Akpobome, popularly known as “Alibaba”, has decried the spread of the ravaging COVID-19 in the country.

Akpobome, who took to his Instagram on Thursday, urged the Lagos State Government to take the implementation of the lockdown order more seriously.

Alarmed by the constant spread of the disease, Alibaba drew government and Nigerians consciousness to the need for total compliance to the lockdown order in order to promptly contain the spread of the virus.

“Stay indoors, we have moved from 300 plus to 400 plus in 24 hours.

“All these governors that were lifting restrictions should get ready now.

“Lagos State must be firm like Rivers government did,’’ he said.

Akpobome’s colleague, Yomi Black, an award-winning comedian, spoke in the same vein and cautioned state governors against relaxing movement restriction at this critical period.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that as of April 16, total confirmed cases of people with COVID-19 is 407, 128 persons discharged and 12 deaths.

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[News Alert]: Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation Share Coronavirus Prevention and Treatment Handbook; Establish Global Program for Increased Sharing Among Global Medical Personnel

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The Jack Ma Foundation (www.JackMaFoundation.org.cn) and Alibaba Foundation are sharing key lessons and experience from doctors and other medical administrators and staff at the First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine (FAHZU), who were at the frontline of COVID-19 treatment in China and crucial to slowing its spread.

In the form of a digital handbook, the medical administrators and staff cover and share globally what they’ve learned every step of the way, from screening, to diagnosis and treatment of patients who contracted COVID-19. The handbook is now available in seven languages: Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Turkish, with more languages coming soon. All versions of the handbook can be downloaded from Covid-19.AlibabaCloud.com.

Over a 50-day period, FAHZU admitted 104 patients confirmed ill with COVID-19, including 78 critically ill patients. Through pioneering efforts of medical staff and investment in new technologies, FAHZU has so far made it through the public health crisis without a single medical staff infection, missed diagnosis or patient death.

The Chinese and English versions of the handbook were viewed 1.4 million times within the first five days of publication. It is the hope of the Jack Ma Foundation and the Alibaba Foundation that medical administrators and staff around the world find this handbook helpful and useful in treating COVID-19 patients.

The handbook is part of the Global MediXchange for Combating COVID-19 (GMCC) (Covid-19.AlibabaCloud.com) program, which was jointly established by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation. It is designed for medical experts around the world to communicate seamlessly with each other to share their invaluable experience of fighting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to ask and answer each other’s questions. To date, the most applications have come in thus far from medical institutions in the U.S, Turkey, the U.K., Pakistan, Spain and Germany.

“Knowledge is power! We launched an online platform for doctors and nurses around the world to exchange ideas, lessons and know-how to fight the virus. We welcome all hospitals to join Chinese hospitals on this open platform Covid-19.AlibabaCloud.com. One world, one fight!”, Jack Ma wrote in a tweet (https://bit.ly/2Jj3Yki) on Wednesday.

Another centerpiece of the program is the International Medical Expert Communication Platform (https://bit.ly/2xpxe6s). So far, over 440 medical institutions from 104 countries and regions have applied to learn and share experiences in battling COVID-19 through the platform. Medical staff need to apply and be approved to join the platform. Once they’re accepted, they’re free to participate in individual or group discussions and sessions.

Through video conferencing and AI translation from and into 11 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese), the platform aims to build a virtual community.

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Coronavirus – Africa: Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali, distributes Jack Ma and Alibaba Group contributions towards coronavirus testing and response

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PM Abiy Ahmed Ali in collaboration with the AfricaCDC start distributing JackMa and AlibabaGroup contributions 2 enhance countries' capacities for testing and responce in all African MS. Uganda, Sudan South, Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya and Djibouti have received their supplies today

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Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate COVID-19 Medical Equipment to African Union Member States

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Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak received a boost today as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations.

The shipment included over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 tons of infection prevention and control commodities.

This relief initiative was launched by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy Ahmed, the Jack Ma Foundation, and Alibaba Foundation as part of actions towards implementation of the Africa joint continental strategy for COVID-19 led by the African Union through Africa CDC.

“On behalf of the Chairperson of the African Union, His Excellency, Cyril Ramaphosa, we thank the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations for this generous hospitality and contribution to the continent. We thank His Excellency the Prime Minister, and the Government of Ethiopia, for facilitating the donation,” said H.E. Mr Edward Xolisa Makaya, South Africa’s Permanent Representative to Ethiopia and the African Union. 

“This is a great honour and initiative and a great sign of solidarity that the world needs at this critical time. The test kits and other materials will support African countries in their fight against this outbreak. We are facing a humanitarian situation, an economic situation and a security situation in the continent and Africa CDC clearly applauds the initiative of the prime minister and the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations,” said Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC. 

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly across the continents of the world claiming thousands of lives and huge resources. In just about three months it has caused over 12,000 deaths worldwide and impacted socioeconomic activities, particularly tourism and transport. 

Ethiopian Airlines will help distribute the equipment, consisting 20,000 laboratory diagnostic test kits, 100,000 medical masks, and 1000 protective suits and face shields, to each of the Member States as part of their contribution to the fight against COVID-19 in Africa. 

“We appeal to our ministries of health to ensure that these materials are distributed and used where they are mostly needed,” said H.E. Ambassador Mohamed Idriss Farah, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Djibouti, Dean of African Diplomatic Corps, and Chair of the African Union Peace and Security Council.

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