Sunday, May 31, 2020

JD Health Joins Subsidies Project for Impoverished Households

JD Health Joins Subsidies Project for Impoverished Households

JD Health together with the online platform of Social Participation in Poverty Alleviation and Development of China and 11 pharmaceutical companies, launched the "Healthy China, Medical Subsidy Project" on May 9th.

JD Health Joins Subsidies Project for Impoverished Households.


Targeted at government-designated poor households across the country, the project has provided by far the largest amount of subsidies and broadest coverage of any subsidy project for poor households in China. The project is expected to cover more than 30 million people in the next three to five years, with the goal of substantially reducing the burden of medical expenses and on illness-driven poverty (or return to poverty).

Under the plan, qualifying participants will each receive RMB 1000 to purchase drugs from a collated list. At present, the list already includes more than 350 drugs covering more than 100 diseases, including cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, cough and cold, and gastrointestinal diseases.

It will rapidly be expanded to include new special drugs and rare disease drugs. Signing up for the program is simple. After confirming personal identification, participants can enjoy the subsidy either online, through JD Health’s JD Pharmacy or offline at a designated pharmacy pre-screened by JD Health. In principle, there will be at least one designated drugstore in each town or village. The subsidy can be directly deducted when purchasing drugs in the catalog through the designated channels, and participants can enjoy subsidies covering up to 68% of the market price of each drug.

Lijun Xin, CEO of JD Health said, “Through this joint effort with the online platform of Social Participation in Poverty Alleviation and Development of China, JD Health has the ability, responsibility, and confidence to collaborate with partners across the health industry supply chain to enable poverty-stricken individuals to reduce their expenditure on medical treatment and medicine purchase as much as possible as well as have the access to more high-quality medicines and services.”

Since signing the cooperation agreement on e-commerce precision poverty alleviation strategy with the Poverty Alleviation Office of the State Council in January 2016, JD.com has maximized its advantages in the fields of supply chain, logistics, finance, technology and services to sell more than 3 million different kinds of commodities from poor areas across the country online, sales of which reached more than RMB 75 billion and enabled 900,000 government-designated poor households to increase their incomes accordingly.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Qatar Airways Announces Phased Rebuilding of Network to an Initial 52 Destinations by End of May and 80 in June

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is pleased to announce the airline will begin a phased approach to expanding its network in line with passenger demand evolution and the expected relaxation of entry restrictions around the world.

Qatar Airways


Having maintained flights to at least 30 destinations where possible during this crisis and to most continents, helping to take over 1 million people home, the airline has been in a unique position to closely monitor global passenger flows and booking trends to confidently begin planning the gradual reintroduction of additional flights and destinations to its network. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Throughout this crisis our passengers have been at the centre of our focus. Our airline has implemented industry-leading hygiene practices and commercial policies enabling our passengers to book and travel with confidence.

We have maintained a flexible and agile network to help take over 1 million people home through our state of the art hub in Doha and to transport more than 100,000 tonnes of essential medical and aid supplies to where they are needed. “As we follow the indicators of the global travel market on a daily basis, we continue to focus on our mission - how we can enable mobility for our customers and provide them with seamless connectivity to their final destination. We have built a strong level of trust with passengers, governments, trade and airports as a reliable partner during this crisis and we intend to continue delivering on this mission as we gradually expand our network.”

While the situation remains hugely dynamic, Qatar Airways has made a number of assumptions based on its unique perspective, having been one of the only carriers to operate globally in recent months. With entry restrictions constantly evolving, accurately predicting future travel is challenging. However, while the expectation is that short-haul travel will rebound first, business between large global cities will pick up more gradually and there will be a move towards visiting family and friends following months of lockdowns.

Qatar Airways will take full advantage of its diverse and efficient fleet with the right aircraft size to ensure the best fit for expected demand on each planned route. By the end of June, the aim is to have 80 destinations in the schedule including 23 in Europe, four in the Americas, 20 in Middle East/Africa and 33 in Asia-Pacific. Many cities will be served with a strong schedule with daily or more frequencies. The gradual expansion will focus initially on strengthening connections between the airline’s hub in Doha with the global hubs of its partner airlines around the world including London, Chicago, Dallas and Hong Kong along with reopening many major business and leisure destinations such as Madrid and Mumbai.

Currently, the airline continues to operate flights to more than 30 destinations around the world. By the end of May, the airline plans to grow its network back to over 50 destinations* resuming services to cities such as Manila, Amman, and Nairobi. A further number of destinations* are planned to be added by the end of June. For the latest information on where we are flying, please visit our COVID-19 travel alert. A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite.

It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times. Qatar Airways maintains the highest possible hygiene standards, which include the regular disinfection of aircraft, the use of cleaning products recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and thermal screening of crew. In addition, Qatar Airways’ aircraft feature the most advanced air filtration systems, equipped with industrial-size HEPA filters that remove 99.97% of viral and bacterial contaminants from re-circulated air, providing the most effective protection against infection. All the airline’s onboard linen and blankets are washed, dried and pressed at microbial lethal temperatures, while its headsets are removed of ear foams and rigorously sanitized after each flight.

These items are then sealed into individual packaging by staff wearing hygienic disposable gloves. Qatar Aircraft Catering Company (QACC) was the first organisation in the world last year to achieve ISO22000:2018 certification from Bureau Veritas with UKAS accreditation, confirming its Food Safety Management System meets the highest standards. All meal service utensils and cutlery are washed with detergents and rinsed with demineralized freshwater at temperatures that kill pathogenic bacteria. All sanitized equipment is handled by staff wearing hygienic disposable gloves, while cutlery is individually re-packed.

 Qatar Airways destinations operating by end of June* Africa Addis Ababa (ADD), Cape Town (CPT), Johannesburg (JNB), Lagos (LOS), Nairobi (NBO), Tunis (TUN) Americas Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Sao Paulo (GRU), Montreal (YUL) Asia-Pacific Guangzhou (CAN), Hong Kong (HKG), Seoul (ICN), Tokyo (NRT), Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (PVG), Bangkok (BKK), Jakarta (CGK), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Manila (MNL), Singapore (SIN), Ahmedabad (AMD), Amritsar (ATQ), Bangalore (BLR), Mumbai (BOM), Calicut (CCJ), Kolkata (CCU), Colombo (CMB), Kochi (COK), Dhaka (DAC), New Delhi (DEL), Goa (GOI), Hyderabad (HYD), Kathmandu (KTM), Chennai (MAA), Male (MLE), Trivandrum (TRV), Islamabad (ISB), Karachi (KHI), Lahore (LHE), Melbourne (MEL), Perth (PER), Sydney (SYD) Europe Athens (ATH), Budapest (BUD), Moscow (DME), Istanbul (IST), Amsterdam (AMS), Stockholm (ARN), Barcelona (BCN), Brussels (BRU), Paris (CDG), Copenhagen (CPH), Dublin (DUB), Edinburgh (EDI), Rome (FCO), Frankfurt (FRA), London (LHR), Madrid (MAD), Manchester (MAN), Munich (MUC), Milan (MXP), Oslo (OSL), Berlin (TXL), Vienna (VIE), Zurich (ZRH) Middle East Amman (AMM), Beirut (BEY), Baghdad (BGW), Basra (BSR), Erbil (EBL), Teheran (IKA), Sulaymaniyah (ISU), Kuwait (KWI), Muscat (MCT), Mashad (MHD), Najaf (NJF), Sohar (OHS), Salalah (SLL), Shiraz (SYZ).

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