Global billionaires form group to help combat coronavirus


Several prominent global billionaires and medical professionals have formed a humanitarian organisation to help combat the new coronavirus and contain its spread. This group, named the Global Partnership Against Coronavirus Alliance (GPACA), has been endorsed by Malaysia’s king, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

PETALING JAYA: Several prominent global billionaires and medical professionals have formed a humanitarian organisation to help combat the new coronavirus and contain its spread.

This group, named the Global Partnership Against Coronavirus Alliance (GPACA), has been endorsed by Malaysia’s king, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

According to a statement from major international business group Sun Seven Stars, its chairman Dr. Bruno Wu and others have formed GPACA to bring rapid medical solutions, preventive care, policy proposals and public awareness to counter new epidemic.

GPACA's founding board members include Dr Wu, president of Suponic Group Jay Park, Al Gurhair of the Essa Al Ghurair (UAE) and Dr Vincenzo Costigliola, president of European Medical Association.

The statement said further expansion of the board is expected.

“GPACA's primary objective is to alleviate the worldwide suffering brought by the new coronavirus outbreak,” said the statement.

The three objectives of GPACA are: find cures and solutions and to stop the spread of the virus; launch a global education campaign to reduce social panic and hysteria; assist in the coordination and establishment of public preventive policies for at-risk countries.

Its immediate focus of work is on Africa, China, India and South-East Asia.

The statement added GPACA will assist partners to expedite government and hospital bureaucratic protocols to ensure the swift delivery of treatment, including vaccines.

It added Sultan Abdullah of Malaysia has endorsed GPACA with the following statement: "Dr. Bruno Wu and the GPACA team have shown their exceptional leadership for the most important of philanthropic causes, stepping forward to face novel coronavirus pneumonia head on by bringing together a multi-national alliance capable of tackling the problem we face today beyond the great battle that is ongoing in China.

“This effort will help develop our preparedness for the viral health challenges of tomorrow".
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