China’s largest exporter of solar PV cells, JinkoSolar, has announced that it will donate one million face masks and other protective equipment items to several countries severely affected by COVID-19.
The countries include Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Britain, Switzerland, South Korea, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Turkey, Portugal, and Norway.
The first batch of 50,000 has been packaged and shipped out on 29 March, through green passage for export aid equipment under the assistance of local governments, Red Cross and other charity organisations.
This mass donation from JinkoSolar complements its ongoing efforts to support those countries hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
The donations come at a time when governments are struggling to procure enough masks to supply hospitals, health care workers and others in critical and vulnerable professions.
JinkoSolar said it will deliver these already-prepared one million masks to health care institutions in those epicentre regions in the coming week and would not decline direct requests for aid from hospitals.
This move follows the company’s RMB 12 million donations to China Red Cross in Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Shanghai to set up special funding to fiscally support medical and health care workers who had been working in the frontier line curing infected patients and saving lives.