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May 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Taiwanese businessman Joe Tsai (left) looks on during the second half of the preseason WNBA game between the New York Liberty and the China National Team at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Alibaba’s Co-founder, Joe Tsai And Wife Clara Donate Protective Gear To Help Fight COVID-19 In New York

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Co-founder of eCommerce giant, Alibaba, Joe Tsai and his wife Clara Wu Tsai, has donated millions of protective gear including masks and ventilators to the US.


2.6 million masks, 170,000 goggles, and 2000 ventilators were sent to New York in total.


Joe Tsai’s donation will help curb the spread of the coronavirus in New York, which is the US epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also improve the hospitals and clinics fighting the virus.


The shipments arrived at the Newark Liberty International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport on 4th March 2020.


New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo acknowledged the donations during a coronavirus briefing.


“I want to thank Joe Tsai, and Clara Tsai, and Jack Ma from Alibaba. This is a big deal and it’s going to make a significant difference for us,” Cuomo said during a Saturday briefing.


Hospitals in New York and across the US are in dire need of ventilators, masks, and other protective gear. The inadequacy of protective gear is putting the lives of the healthcare workers in peril.


Thus, wealthy individuals, big corporations and the government have in recent weeks been supplying the much-needed equipment.

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Joe and Clara Tsai donated COVID-19 protective gear to New York city-area nursing homes. Photo: Steve Castillo.


Joe Tsai is a Canadian-Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist. He also owns the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center arena in New York. Jack Ma, his co-founder, had made varying donations of masks and testing kits to countries across Europe and Africa.


His wife, Clara Tsai, however, runs the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, which oversees causes like economic mobility in the Brooklyn area of New York.


The first shipment of the donation included 300,000 surgical masks shared among 11 New York City-area nursing homes. 70,000 medical goggles were also donated to 11 New York City-area nursing homes and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital while 1000 ventilators were donated to the Mount Sinai hospital system.


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