WHO announces international emergency response to coronavirus outbreak

WHO announces international emergency response to coronavirus outbreak
WHO announces international emergency response to coronavirus outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the outbreak in China of pneumonia caused by the 2019-nCoV coronavirus as an international emergency. This was announced on Thursday in Geneva by WHO Director General Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus following a meeting of the Emergency Committee.

“We do not know how much damage this virus will cause if it spreads in a country with a weak health system,” he said. due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus."

The head of WHO praised China's actions to combat the disease. He said he was impressed with the Chinese authorities' response to the coronavirus outbreak. According to him, in addition to the PRC, 98 cases of the disease have been registered in the world in 18 countries. Only four countries outside of China have reported person-to-person transmission - Vietnam, Germany, the United States, and Japan. The fact that these cases are relatively few, he called the result of effective action by China, and the announcement of the international emergency regime "is not a vote of no confidence in China."

The emergency mode helps to draw international attention to the outbreak and funds to fight it. He mobilizes the efforts of the world community to address health problems.

The CEO outlined seven recommendations in relation to the outbreak of the coronavirus in the PRC. Their implementation is designed to prevent the spread of the disease. “First, there is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade,” he said, explaining that WHO does not recommend imposing restrictions on travel and trade with China. The second recommendation is the need to provide support to countries with weak health systems. Third, the development of vaccines, therapies and diagnostics should be accelerated. Fourth, you need to "fight the spread of rumors and misinformation." Fifth, the global community must "re-examine preparatory plans, identify gaps and identify resources" to counter the spread of the virus. Sixth, countries should share information and experience “with WHO and the rest of the world”. Seventh recommendation: To defeat the disease, all countries must act "in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation." As the head of the WHO stressed, this is a common problem that can only be solved together.