WHO, others set aside US$675 million to fight Coronavirus

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

Speaking on this, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General expressed fears over many countries that lack the necessary systems in place to detect the emergence of the virus.

“Urgent support is needed to bolster weak health systems to detect, diagnose and care for people with the virus, to prevent further human to human transmission and protect health workers,” he said.

The Strategic Preparedness and Response Plant (SPRP) for the new coronavirus lays out activities and resources needed by international health organizations globally, including WHO, to implement priority public health measures in support of countries to prepare and respond to nCoV-2019 for a period February-April 2020.

The objectives of the plan are to limit human-to-human transmission of the virus, particularly in countries most vulnerable if they were to face an outbreak; identify, isolate and care for patients early; communicate critical risk and event information; minimize social and economic impact; reduce virus spread from animal sources; and address crucial unknowns.

The plan focuses on: Rapidly establishing international coordination and operational support; Scaling up country readiness and response operations and Accelerating priority research and innovation.