JD.com’s founder donates medical supplies to the NHS amid Coronavirus

Donation includes 50 ventilators, 5.0 million medical masks, 600,000 surgical gloves

Richard Liu, founder of China’s largest retailer JD.com, and his wife, Nancy Zhang, have donated millions of items of medical equipment to the UK’s National Health Service, who are fighting COVID-19 with limited resources. The donation, includes 50 ventilators, 5.0 million medical masks, 600,000 surgical gloves, medical safety goggles and protective gowns.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, JD.com has been a key player in the global fight against the pandemic, allocating more than RMB1.5 billion in resources to ensure the livelihood of Chinese consumers and support the country’s economy; while JD Health now provides free online services around the world for medical and psychological consultations. Liu’s donation this week aids one of JD’s key markets as the British government faces enormous pressure regarding the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to frontline NHS staff.

Responsibility for distributing Liu’s donated supplies to local hospitals throughout the country falls to several UK organisations, including The Chinese Embassy in the UK, China Charity Federation, Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of China, UK Chinese Business Association and London Chinese Community Centre.

Chinese citizens residing in the UK and students studying abroad can reserve masks free of charge. Liu says the decision to prioritise Chinese nationals is in direct response to the generosity extended to China from UK’s Chinese residents two months ago amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan. Chinese nationals who reside in the UK donated a significant number of masks, disinfectants and medical supplies through JD Logistics, and Richard Liu and wife Nancy Zhang’s latest relief efforts wish to return the favour. While Chinese residents will have early, free access to supplies, Liu’s donation will extend beyond this group and provide much needed relief to the broader community.

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In the early part of the year, many Chinese enterprises responded to the nation’s call to produce medical supplies, helping China meet domestic demand; and most of the materials in Liu’s donation come from this production. JD is now leveraging its industry-leading integrated smart supply chain and logistics business to purchase and deploy relief materials to meet needs abroad.

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