Alibaba.Com rallies medical suppliers 4 The coronavirus outbreak #Digital_CommerceFebruary 13, 2020
So far, the coronavirus, a large family of respiratory viruses found in both animals and humans, has 31,161 confirmed cases and killed more than 600 people in China.
Chinese health officials are hard-pressed to find needed such medical supplies as protective masks and goggles, respirators, protection suits, thermometers, disinfectant and related protection accessories like plastic gloves.
advertisement A web page on Alibaba’s sourcing portal for medical supplies used in fighting the coronavirus outbreak.
So far, the Alibaba sourcing platform has more than 150 suppliers.
And Cainiao Green Channel, Alibaba’s logistics business, has delivered medical supplies from 15 countries to 18 hospitals in Hubei, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces in China, Alibaba says.
“The goal is to connect medical supplies from the global supply chain with those in need of these supplies in a more-expedited and efficient way,” Alibaba says in an open letter it released to suppliers worldwide.
It notes an urgent need for such supplies as medical protective suits, goggles and gloves.
Alibaba is using 1 billion yuan (about $142 million) from a newly created fund to purchase the needed medical supplies, which the company is donating to hospitals and other healthcare facilities combating the coronavirus.
Alibaba also is providing for free shipping, delivery and other logistics services.
advertisementAlibaba says information on the sourcing platform is “accurate and transparent” and “promptly and efficiently” connects with suppliers using the platform.
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