Billionaire Art Collector Adrian Cheng Is Distributing Free Face Masks Through Vending Machines in Hong Kong

Adrian Cheng at Paris Fashion Week on July 2, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Image
Prompted by soaring prices and scarce supply, the billionaire art collector and entrepreneur Adrian Cheng has announced plans to distribute for free medical-grade surgical face masks in 35 vending machines in 18 locations throughout Hong Kong. Managed by eight Hong Kong-based NGOs, the dispensers will initially provide 10 million face masks to vulnerable residents who can each claim a pack of five masks every week by pre-registering online for a “smart redemption card”. The card will eliminate the need for people to queue for their packs. Announcing the “Mask to Go” initiative on Instagram yesterday, Cheng says his teams “have been working tirelessly to make sure we have the ability to produce high-quality medical face masks here in Hong Kong”. [More]