Jackie Chan offers reward of 1 million yuan to help find cure for COVID-19

  • Jackie Chan shared he is offering 1 million yuan (S$197,000) to anyone or any organization that can develop an antidote for coronavirus, now named as COVID-19 by the World Health Organization
  • He said it is difficult for him to see the once bustling streets now empty and people perishing due to the virus
  • The actor said it is his way of saying “thank you”

Jacki Chan has offered to give a reward to anyone or any organization that can find an antidote to the novel coronavirus; now named as COVID-19 by the World Health Organization.

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As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, action star Chan decided to step up and help in his own way in finding a cure. He offered a reward of 1 million yuan (S$197,000) for the development of an antidote to the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.

The 65-year-old actor wrote on Weibo explaining his initiative and intentions.

Chan wrote, “Science and technology is key to overcoming the virus, and I believe many people have the same thought as me and hope that an antidote can be developed as soon as possible.”

Chan said his “naive” idea was more like a “thank you” reward to anyone or organization that can find a cure.

“I have a ‘naive’ idea now. No matter which individual or organisation develops the antidote, I want to thank them with 1 million yuan,” he said.

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Chan clarified his intention by saying that it is difficult for him to see the empty streets and people perishing due to the virus.

“This is not about money. I don’t want to see the once-bustling streets empty now and do not want to see my compatriots fighting a virus until some of them are dead when they should be enjoying life,” he said.

Chan’s latest movie “Vanguard” was pulled at the last minute from China’s movie theaters due to the nCoV scare that swept the country.