Jack Ma Foundation and Ali Baba Foundation have donated coronavirus test kits to African Union Member States. Nigeria’s share of the kits arrived in the country on Tuesday afternoon.
Ethiopian Airline cargo plane flew in the donations into the cargo area of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
Despite border closures to international flights, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority allows emergency flights such as this at the MMIA.
On Monday, the government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the 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 its Africa Centre for Disease Control.
Each AU member state is expected to get equipment consisting of 20,000 laboratory diagnostic test kits, 100,000 medical masks, and 1000 protective suits and face shields to the fight against COVID-19.