UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The World Health Organization (WHO) is working on a master plan for coordinating clinical trials for the control of coronavirus. This was announced to reporters on Wednesday by the head of the WHO Tedros Adan Gebreyesus.
“WHO is currently developing a master plan for coordinating clinical trials and ensuring their consistent conduct. Some of these issues include ease of use of diagnostics, best approaches to preventing infection, potential treatment options that can be used to treat patients, existing vaccine candidates and methods accelerating them, “he said.
In addition, WHO has published guidelines for public health activities on board ships.
The situation has stabilized
According to the head of WHO, the number of newly confirmed cases caused by the new coronavirus disease registered in China has stabilized over the week.
“The number of newly confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus registered in China has been steadily declining over the past week, but this should be interpreted with extreme caution. This outbreak can still go in any direction,” he said.
Gebreyesus also noted that the number of countries reporting cases of the disease has also not changed since February 4. In addition, of the 48 new cases confirmed on Tuesday outside of China, 40 were detected aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is currently in quarantine.
“We are in constant contact with the Japanese government, the International Maritime Organization and the owner of the ship to protect the health of all passengers. Now we have three cruise ships that have experienced port clearance delays or were denied access to ports, often without evidence of risk assessment. Together with the International Maritime Organization, we will issue a communiqué to all countries calling for the principle of “free practice” for ships and the principle of proper care for all passengers in accordance with international medical rules,” he stressed.
Assistance to affected countries
Gebreyesus said that WHO had sent masks, gloves and bathrobes to 18 countries.
“I already said that we sent diagnostic kits to laboratories around the world. We also supply masks, gloves, gowns to 18 countries and plan more [deliveries to other countries],” he said.
Gebreyesus emphasized that WHO continues to support countries by sending tools and equipment needed to diagnose cases and protect health workers.
In addition, the head of WHO noted that an advanced team of experts sent to China had been successful. It is led by Dr. Bruce Aylward, the group must “set the stage for a larger international team.” The full expert group will consist of 10 specialists, but if necessary it can be increased up to 15 people.
“Our advanced team in China has made good progress in developing the team and the scope of its work. We hope that we will have more news soon to announce [about them],” he said.
The two-day global forum to take action to tackle the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus, hosted by the World Health Organization, is being held in Geneva on February 11 and 12. About 400 experts from around the world take part in it. The main goal of the forum is to identify gaps in knowledge about the new coronavirus and coordinate international efforts in the development of treatment methods. From Russia, experts from the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation and Rospotrebnadzor took part in it.
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