If the World Health Organisation (WHO) admits the publication Coronavirus outbreak in China a global public health crisis on Wednesday, it is only going to be the fifth time that the Geneva-based organization will do so.
The WHO has called for an emergency meeting on Wednesday to ascertain whether the outbreak of a previously unknown strain of Coronavirus in China might be declared a “global public health crisis”, it declared early Tuesday.
Chinese specialists will be participating in the assembly, the Chinese foreign ministry said Tuesday.
The 2019 Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, which was the second biggest outbreak of this character on the document, was the final time that the WHO had announced a similar crisis.
“Beneath the IHR (International Health Regulations) WHO’s Director-General (DG) convenes the EC to find information on whether an event represents a Public Health Emergency of worldwide Concern (PHEIC). Before the DG consults with the State Party on the territory where the event is happening, to review evidence and information regarding whether the event comprises a PHEIC or maybe not,” the WHO’s China office said in an announcement to HT.
Explaining PHEIC, the announcement included that means”…an outstanding occasion, with hazard which represents a public health threat to other nations through the global spread, and also to possibly require a coordinated global reaction”.
China’s ministry of foreign affairs said on Tuesday that Beijing was prepared to work with the global community to respond to the outbreak.
“As far as I know, on January 22, Beijing time, China will, in the invitation of WHO, combine different nations affected by the outbreak to take part in the assembly of the Emergency Committee of the International Health Regulations. Participating states, WHO, and relevant specialists will discuss outbreak advice and conduct scientific research and decision about the epidemic,” Geng Shuang, ministry spokesperson, stated in the regular briefing on Tuesday.
“China is prepared to continue to deepen global collaboration, use the global community to respond to the outbreak, and together maintain regional and international health protection,” Geng added.