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The Scene These People And Organisations Have Collectively Pledged Over RM1 Billion In The Fight Against Covid-19

These People And Organisations Have Collectively Pledged Over RM1 Billion In The Fight Against Covid-19

Photo: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Facebook and Jackie Chan / Facebook
Photo: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Facebook and Jackie Chan / Facebook
By Syameen Salehaldin
By Syameen Salehaldin
February 12, 2020
From Asian superstar Jackie Chan to large fashion groups like LVMH, here are those who have made substantial financial contributions to help fight against the global outbreak

1/6 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed up to US$100mil (about RM400mil) that will go to strengthen detection, isolation and treatment efforts; protect at-risk populations; and develop vaccines, treatments and diagnostics. 

“Our hope is that these resources will help catalyse a rapid and effective international response. This response should be guided by science, not fear, and it should build on the steps that the World Health Organisation has taken to date," said Mark Suzman, Gates Foundation CEO. 

See also: Malaysia AIDS Foundation Raises RM355,000 At A #GirlPower Gala Dinner

2/6 Bulgari

Photo: Bvlgari / Facebook
Photo: Bvlgari / Facebook

The team at the research department of the Lazzaro Spallanzani hospital in Rome was one of the first to isolate the virus in less than 48 hours. The team is now working on strengthening diagnosis and developing a vaccine.

Bulgari is helping to speed up the process by funding its efforts, which will include the purchase of a microscopic image acquisition system to support the challenging research.

“The team of researchers can now work with the most technologically advanced tools, accelerating the achievement of the result and to benefit everyone on the planet, “ said Jean-Christophe Babin, the CEO of Bulgari. 

See also: 10 Brands That Signed A Fashion Pact To Make The Fashion Industry More Sustainable

3/6 Jack Ma

Photo: Alibaba / Facebook
Photo: Alibaba / Facebook

Alibaba's Jack Ma has pledged US$14.4mil (about RM60mil) through his foundation with US$5.8mil going to two Chinese government research organisations working on a vaccine, according to its Weibo post. Earlier, Alibaba has set up a US$144mil (about RM500mil) fund to buy medical supplies for Wuhan and Hubei province, the epicentre of the virus outbreak.

4/6 LVMH Group

Photo: LVMH Group
Photo: LVMH Group

French luxury conglomerate LVMH has announced a donation of 16mil yuan (about RM8mil) to the Red Cross Society of China to ease the Wuhan crisis.

Read also: Mah Sing Foundation Raises RM3.6mil At Charity Dinner

5/6 Kering Group

Photo: Kering / Facebook
Photo: Kering / Facebook

Kering's family of luxury brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin will together donate approximately US$1mil (RM4.1mil) to the Red Cross Foundation's efforts in Hubei province. 

Read also: Melium & Malaysia Tatler Hand Over RM4.5mil Raised From A Joint Charity Auction To 20 Charitable Organisations

6/6 Jackie Chan

Photo: Jackie Chan / Facebook
Photo: Jackie Chan / Facebook

Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan has put up a reward of 1mil yuan (almost RM600,000) to anyone who succeed in developing a vaccine for Covid-19. 

See also: Inside The Red Ribbon Gala Dinner 2019 In Kota Kinabalu

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