China will continue to work with WHO to safeguard regional, global public health security

James Kon

China will continue to work with World Health Organization (WHO) and other countries, to safeguard regional and global public health security, the Chinese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam said yesterday.

The Embassy was responding to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ declaration that the novel coronavirus is a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

“Since the pneumonia outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus, the Chinese government has taken the most comprehensive and rigorous prevention and control measures, with a strong sense of responsibility for people’s health,” the spokesperson said.

“Many of these measures go well beyond the requirements of the International Health Regulations (2005). We have full confidence and ability to win the battle against the outbreak.

“Acting with openness, transparency and in a responsible manner, China has provided timely updates of the outbreak and the genome sequence of the coronavirus. Such efforts are fully recognised, and highly commended by the WHO and many countries.”

On January 20-21, a team of experts from the WHO visited Wuhan to inspect work related to the pneumonia epidemic caused by the coronavirus.

Dr Tedros also visited China to discuss containment measures and data-sharing on the novel coronavirus with the Chinese side.

“He applauded China’s prevention and control efforts, and expressed gratitude for China’s great contribution to the world in fighting against the outbreak,” said the embassy spokesperson.

“Dr Tedros also said that, in many ways, China is actually setting a new standard for outbreak response. The WHO does not recommend limiting trade and movement, and opposes any travel restrictions against China.