(Yicai Global) Jan. 30 -- The Jack Ma Foundation has announced it will donate CNY 100 million (USD 14.4 million) to support the research and development of a novel coronavirus vaccine.
"We firmly know that while scientists are racing against the clock, it won't be an easy task from the vaccine research to the final large-scale production and use," said Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation.
Ma said the foundation will strive to provide more help for the development and accumulation of medical science in the fight against viruses.
Alibaba Group said it would provide public research institutions free access to all AI capabilities needed for the development of vaccines and new drugs for the novel coronavirus.
The group has set up a CNY 1 billion special fund for medical supplies as well as a health guarantee of up to CNY 500,000 for medical workers who are on the frontline fighting the epidemic nationwide.