According to WHO, US $ 675 million must be invested to contain the Coronavirus

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According to WHO, US $ 675 million must be invested to contain the Coronavirus
Thu February 06, 2020

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General said: "What worries me most is that some countries do not have systems to detect infected people, if any"


To prevent further spread of the new coronavirus outbreak (2019-nCoV) both in China and worldwide, and to protect states whose health systems are less prepared, the international community has launched a preparedness and response plan which covers the period between February and April 2020 and for which US $ 675 million are needed.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General notes: "What worries me most is that some countries do not have systems to detect infected people, if any. We urgently need help to ensure that these systems of more fragile health can detect, diagnose and care for people who have contracted the virus, prevent further transmission between people and protect health workers. "

The strategic plan for preparation and response to the new coronavirus specifies the activities to be carried out worldwide by international organizations in the field of health, including WHO, as well as the resources they need for the period between February and April of 2020 in order to apply the main public health measures that allow countries to be prepared and can fight 2019-nCoV. The objectives of the plan are to limit the transmission of the virus among people, especially in the most vulnerable countries in case they face an outbreak; quickly detect, isolate and care for patients; transmit basic data about events and risks; minimize social and economic repercussions; limit the spread of the virus from animal sources, and solve important unknowns.

The plan focuses on:
- quickly implement coordination and operational support internationally;
- expand the necessary preparation and response operations in the countries;
- streamline priority research and innovation activities.

Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, explains that "to respond effectively to an outbreak it is necessary to have prepared sufficiently before it occurs. That is why we seek resources that help the most vulnerable countries to protect to their populations of the new coronavirus before it knocks on their doors. "

As indicated in the plan, WHO considers that this outbreak represents a very high risk in China and a high risk at regional and global levels. The risk assessment took into account factors such as the probability that the virus will continue to spread, the possible repercussions for human health and the different levels of effectiveness of national preparedness and response measures. Likewise, the plan calls for quick action to address these risks and provide the necessary support in certain areas.

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