U.S. groups rally to support China in coronavirus fight

As China battles 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, organizations and people around the world are collecting supplies and money to help.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a $10-million commitment for 2019 novel coronavirus workers on the frontline in China and Africa.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has also pledged $14.5 million (100 million RMB) through his Jack Ma Foundation to help develop a coronavirus vaccine.

Chinese tech companies Baidu, Tencent, Huawei and Bytedance (makers of TikTok) have also pledged support totaling $115 million (800 million RMB).

On Tuesday, grassroots volunteers chartered a freighter flight loaded with masks, protective clothing, goggles and gloves.

The donations were collected by Chinese and Chinese Americans living in more than 20 states.

The supplies left Chicago and arrived in Jiangsu province China where it will be delivered to areas with the most serious outbreaks.

Across the United States, many Chinese and Chinese American groups have also been collecting supplies and donations.

Many are using the Chinese social media platform WeChat.

On the popular fundraising website GofundMe.com, more than 200 campaigns included the words "Wuhan coronavirus".

A CGTN analysis of those donations so far shows that people have raised more than $1 million.

Nearly half of that was raised by Wuhan University Alumni Association of New York who worked with the Chinese Red Cross, the Chinese Consulate in New York and China Eastern Airlines to send supplies to China.

In Washington D.C., volunteers collected nearly $180,000 in supplies and donations.

Last week, they gathered in northern Virginia to sort and distribute the donated supplies.

"When we heart they have only two face masks to use a day," said Pang Bin of Wuhan University School of Medicine Alumni Association. "So we felt like we had to do something to help people there and the medical workers."

"When we learned about the coronavirus, we felt very very sad and worried," said Yinghong Feng, the president of Wuhan University School of Medicine Alumni Association.

"All our relatives, friends and colleagues are there working very hard to fight the virus, but they are short of protective supplies."

They are currently working on a way to deliver their supplies to China."

Their shipment was expected  to arrive in China today.