Billionaire Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai donates ventilators and masks to New York – CNN
The supplies were split into two shipments. The first arrived on Thursday at Newark Liberty International Airport, while the second arrived on Saturday at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
“We kept hearing cries for (personal protective equipment) from our community and wanted to help,” Clara Tsai told CNN in an interview. The state will allocate the second shipment but “it’s our intention to help the most underserved institutions.”
She cited Jacobi Medical Center and Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, and Elmhurst Hospital in Queens as the institutions she and her husband thought might need the supplies the most.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo referenced the donations during a daily coronavirus briefing.
“I want to thank Joe Tsai, and Clara Tsai, and Jack Ma from Alibaba,” said Cuomo, during a Saturday briefing. “This is a big deal and it’s going to make a significant difference for us.”
Hospitals in New York and across the country have been scrambling to find enough ventilators, masks and other protective gear needed for healthcare workers to battle the virus, which has killed about 60,000 people worldwide.
The Tsais have considerable ties to the New York community.
Joe Tsai, a Canadian Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist, owns the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center arena. His Source…
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