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BRICS Countries Issue a Chairmanship Statement in Support of China's Fight Against the NCP Outbreak

2020/02/12

On 11 February, a BRICS Chairmanship Statement was released by Russia, which holds the bloc's presidency this year, to express BRICS' support for China's efforts to combat the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia.

According to the statement, the BRICS countries support the firm commitment and decisive efforts of the Chinese Government to combat the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic. They are ready to cooperate closely with China and call for the international community to strengthen cooperation within the WHO framework, in order to protect regional and global public health safety.

The statement underscores that the BRICS countries commit to work together in a spirit of responsibility, solidarity and cooperation to bring this outbreak under control as fast as possible. They underline the importance of avoiding discrimination, stigma and overreaction while responding to the outbreak. They support strengthening of scientific research cooperation on infectious diseases that pose threat to public health.

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