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State Council Inter-agency Task Force: China has Shared Its COVID-19 Treatment Experience with the World in a Timely Manner

2020/05/20

The State Council inter-agency task force held a press conference on 19 May on international cooperation and exchanges on COVID-19 response, and answered questions from the press.

“Information related to COVID-19 has been shared with the WHO and other countries in a timely, swift and transparent manner”, said Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Prevention and Control. As early as on 3 January, China notified the WHO and other countries of pneumonia cases of unknown cause even when the pathogen behind the disease was still unclear. On 7 January, Chinese experts identified a novel coronavirus as the causal agent and immediately informed the WHO and relevant countries. After sequencing the genome of the virus, China uploaded the information to WHO’s global data sharing platform at the earliest possible time, facilitating the early development and production of testing reagents by other countries.

Wu also briefed on China’s all-round cooperation with the WHO, including China’s timely updates on its fight against the virus and control measures adopted, the regular exchange mechanism established between China’s National Health Commission and WHO’s China office, and Chinese experts’ regular participation in WHO technical exchanges.

China has shared its experience in COVID-19 treatment with the world in a timely fashion. Wang Guiqiang, director of the infectious diseases department of the Peking University First Hospital, said that between 20 February and 11 May, he himself had participated in 16 international video conferences to share China’s experience in virus control, diagnostics and treatment. He also noted that China has so far sent 21 medical teams to 19 countries to help with local response efforts.

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