New shipment of contamination equipment has arrived in Norway

Shanghai, China.Jack Ma, China's richest man.Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

Large amounts of facemasks and other contamination equipment arrived in Norway by air on Friday. The equipment is provided by Alibaba founder Jack Ma, China’s richest man.

The aircraft is the second one with contamination equipment that has arrived in Norway this past week. The equipment will now be distributed to the country’s health authorities and municipalities as soon as possible.

“This will improve the situation in the health service. But it is not a matter of relieving pressure until we have all the contagion equipment we need to deal with the pandemic on Norwegian soil,” says CEO Cathrine M. Lofthus of Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (Helse Sør-Øst) in a press release.

So far, Hospital Procurement (Sykehusinnkjøp) has entered into around 70 agreements for a three-digit million amount for the delivery of contagion equipment.

The equipment that arrived from Shanghai on Friday is donated by the Alibaba Foundation and the Jack Ma Foundation. The foundations are donating medical equipment to help Europe fight the spread of the coronavirus.

“We have agreed to this donation of infection control equipment from the Alibaba Foundation, but emphasized that Norway will compensate the value of the equipment with funds for the international work to combat the coronavirus. Norway has, among other things, given 2.2 billion kroner to the vaccine initiative CEPI, which is far above the value of what we get from the Alibaba Foundation,” writes Health Minister Bent Høie in an SMS to Dagens Næringsliv.

Jack Ma is involved in both foundations and is considered China’s richest man.

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3 Comments on "New shipment of contamination equipment has arrived in Norway"

  1. From an American here in Norway for my Norwegian-American children, TUSEN TAKK, Jack Ma – and China! 🙂

    And American mainstream media – NY Times – just came out with *this* yesterday, FINALLY admitting that just maybe everyone who can do so should “probably” be wearing a mask, after all:

    “More Americans Should Probably Wear Masks for Protection: Experts have started to question whether masks may offer at least some protection to healthy individuals and essential workers.”

    And even homemade masks can help, as described in this Washington Post article yesterday. (See comments below for how to make facemasks, if you haven’t already gotten one.) “Simple DIY masks could help flatten the curve. We should all wear them in public.”

    There is also the claim that disposable masks can be disinfected by isopropyl alcohol.

  2. What is he buying in Norway? What is he plans to dominate in Norway? Norway is way more self sustaining rich strong country than China! If Jack wants to show his gratitude – he should help the most severe places like Italy Spain. And virus spreading to Africa right now. They must understand that this virus originated from China.

  3. With regard to the comment re : ‘what has China to gain’ China actually dominates Norway and Sweden for all its telecommunications infrastructure / Huawei struck a deal collapsing their own supplier – Ericsson, all out there for public consumption, Don’t be fooled!!!!

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