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WHO: Active Coordination to Address Equipment Shortage in Global Response to Novel Coronavirus

2020/02/09

The World Health Organization noted on 7 February that the world is facing a shortage of protective equipment for the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus. WHO is communicating with members of the supply chain network, including the private sector, to find solutions. The organization urged prioritizing support for frontline health workers.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that WHO is sending testing kits, masks, gloves, respirators and gowns to every region of the world. Yet there is still a gap in the market supply of such equipment. WHO discourages stockpiling of personal protective equipment in countries or areas where transmission rate is low.

Tedros stressed the importance of solidarity among all sides, the importance of truly appreciating the stakes in the outbreak response and protecting the common good of the humankind, instead of each taking care of its own interests. He called on all countries and companies to work with WHO to ensure fair and rational use of supplies and the rebalancing of the market.

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