“The world cannot afford the unthinkable consequences of a COVID-19 pandemic in Africa,” he said in a statement tweeted Monday.
The items will be delivered to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will oversee the distribution of the supplies to other African countries, Ma said.
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg through, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and its affiliated CZI Biohub, announced that it would purchase two clinical diagnostic machines to quadruple the ability for testing and diagnosing possible cases of the disease in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said that it is going to fund its own testing kits that citizens of Seattle can use at home and send in for analysis.
A Gates official told the Seattle Times that “this has enormous potential to turn the tide of the epidemic,” although the test results’ timing is less clear.