Trip.com Group will be donating one million surgical masks to support the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Led by the company’s co-founder and chairman of the board James Liang, the initiative has as of March 18 seen the delivery and allocation of surgical mask supplies to Japan, South Korea, Canada, and France, among others.
Liang said in a press statement that “it is crucial at this moment in the global fight against the epidemic that all countries come together and support each other, to secure a victory for humanity”.
The move to donate masks is the latest in a series of actions taken by the online travel services provider to counter the impact of the pandemic.
As the situation continues to develop, the company has provided daily updates on travel restrictions via its platforms, and extended the scope of its cancellation policies to include medical workers as well as those unable to travel due to restrictions and infection.
Liang hopes that his company’s donation would motivate others to do the same.
“We are faced with a great challenge, but amid these hardships, we’ve learnt that we are all part of a larger entity, and we’re all in this together. We are moved by Trip.com Group’s generosity in, of its own volition, extending its support,” said Canadian ambassador to China Dominic Barton.