SCIO briefing on the joint response to the new coronavirus-related pneumonia outbreak

A press conference was held Sunday afternoon to explain the work being carried out to jointly prevent and control the new coronavirus-related pneumonia outbreak. January 27, 2020


The outbreak is of international concern. I wonder how China has cooperated with the international community to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Thank you. 

Ma Xiaowei:

In the wake of the outbreak, we have carried out ample communication and cooperation with the WHO and related countries, as well as China's Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. First, we shared the situation of the outbreak and technical information in a timely manner with the WHO. I spoke to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the phone several times. We informed the WHO of the isolation of the new coronavirus once we had completed it, and shared the whole genome sequencing of the virus with the WHO. We also made arrangements for Chinese experts to speak with WHO experts on technical issues surrounding the virus, and invited WHO experts to carry out field trips in Wuhan. This facilitated the WHO's understanding of the outbreak, and enabled us to jointly address the situation. At the invitation of the WHO, we participated in two meetings of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, during which we briefed the committee on the situation of the outbreak and the response measures. 

Second, we have worked on bilateral communication. We have kept close contact with health authorities in Japan, Thailand, the Republic of Korea and the United States as well as their embassies in China. We have shared information with them, verified information on suspected and confirmed cases, and gave timely responses to issues they are concerned about. Meanwhile, we have strengthened cooperation with China's Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. In addition to sharing information with them, we have also invited experts from these regions to take field trips in Wuhan and have in-depth exchanges with local medical workers. Also, at the request of the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, we provided them with free diagnostic kits. 

In the next stage, we will continue to keep our close cooperation with the WHO and the related countries and regions, share information in a timely manner and disclose information on the prevention and control of the outbreak in an open, transparent and timely way. 

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