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US$675 million needed for new coronavirus preparedness and response global plan

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Urgent support is needed to protect vulnerable countries from the outbreak

 

To combat further spread of the new coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV) in China and around the world and protect states with weaker health systems, the international community has launched a $ 675 million preparedness and response plan covering the months from February to April 2020.

“My biggest concern is that there are currently countries that don’t have systems to detect people who have contracted the virus, even if it does occur,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Urgent support is needed to strengthen weak health systems to detect, diagnose and treat people with the virus, to prevent further person-to-person transmission and protect healthcare professionals.”

The strategic preparedness and response plan (SPRP) for the new coronavirus establishes the activities and resources necessary for international health organizations around the world, including WHO, to implement priority public health measures to support countries to prepare and respond. to nCoV-2019 during a period of February-April 2020. The objectives of the plan are to limit the transmission of the virus from person to person, especially in the most vulnerable countries in the event of an epidemic; identify, isolate and treat patients in advance; communicate critical information on risks and events; minimize the social and economic impact; reduce the spread of the virus from animal sources; and deal with crucial unknowns.

The plan focuses on:

Quickly establish international coordination and operational support;
Expand the country’s preparedness and response operations;
Accelerate priority research and innovation.
“The effectiveness of the outbreak response depends on the preparedness measures established before the outbreak strike,” said Dr. Mike Ryan, head of the WHO Emergency Health Program. “That’s why we’re looking for resources to safeguard the most vulnerable countries to protect people from the new coronavirus before they reach the door.”

As observed in the SPRP, the WHO assesses that the epidemic represents a very high risk in China and a high risk at regional and global level. The risk assessment was based on factors that include the likelihood of further spread, the potential impact on human health and the different levels of effectiveness in national preparedness and response measures. Accelerated action, as required by the plan, can address these risks and areas that require support.

At 10 am Central European Time on February 5, 25 countries reported confirmed cases of new coronavirus, including China, in which 24,363 people had contracted the virus, which is more than 99% of all cases. In all other countries, 191 cases contracted the virus.

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