WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the international community “need to finance simple public health solutions that can help us to contain the outbreak now, but at the same time prepare for any eventualities by investing in the vaccine.” WHO

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DATELINE: 20 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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20 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization:
“Our objective still is containment, and we believe as WHO that there is a chance to contain this outbreak if we use the window of opportunity that we have. So this is one and then the other part is while hammering the outbreak now using the simple public health solutions, we have to also prepare for any eventualities for worse scenario. That's why we need the vaccines. So we have to invest in vaccines too. So the message from WHO, or the advice from WHO is we need to strike a balance, we need to finance the simple public health solutions that can help us to contain the outbreak now, but at the same time prepare for any eventualities by investing in the vaccine.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“And it wasn't without reason, some, a couple of weeks ago, I said this virus is very dangerous and it's public enemy number one, but it's not being treated as such. And one important indicator is the response, especially to financing the response. So I call upon the international community to take this message seriously and use the window of opportunity to respond while we have time to respond.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“And I have written to twelve Chief Executives of manufacturers of personal protective equipment to seek their cooperation, to ensure supply to protect health workers. And there is a good signal, positive signal from the manufacturers. This is, as I always say, a time for solidarity. Governments, private sector, civil society, and the whole world should stand in unison.”
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9.SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Twice a week we have a call with clinical experts who are treating patients with COVID-19 including frontline workers in China to share information about the progression of the disease and what works and what doesn't in treatment.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“What we are seeing is that the earlier patients are tested and treated, the better they do.”
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13. SOUNDBITE (English) Janet Diaz, Head of Clinical Care, Health Emergencies, World Health Organization (WHO):
“At this moment in time, there is no proven effective treatment for occur for a COVID-19, so that is clear at this moment in time. However, there are ongoing clinical trials being done in China at this moment as well. The two that we were already discussed are testing, the priority therapeutics that was prioritized by the WHO R and D blueprints, and that includes Lopinavir and Ritonavir as well as Remdesivir.”
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STORYLINE:

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the international community “need to finance simple public health solutions that can help us to contain the outbreak now, but at the same time prepare for any eventualities by investing in the vaccine.”

Speaking to reporters today (20 Feb) in Geneva, WHO’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu said, “our objective still is containment, and we believe as WHO that there is a chance to contain this outbreak if we use the window of opportunity that we have. So this is one and then the other part is while hammering the outbreak now using the simple public health solutions, we have to also prepare for any eventualities for worse scenario.”

Tedros also said, “a couple of weeks ago, I said this virus is very dangerous and it's public enemy number one, but it's not being treated as such. And one important indicator is the response, especially to financing the response. So I call upon the international community to take this message seriously and use the window of opportunity to respond while we have time to respond.”

The Director-General also noted that he has written to twelve Chief Executives of manufacturers of personal protective equipment to “seek their cooperation, to ensure supply to protect health workers. And there is a good signal, positive signal from the manufacturers.”

He continued, “this is, as I always say, a time for solidarity. Governments, private sector, civil society, and the whole world should stand in unison.”

Tedros also said, “twice a week we have a call with clinical experts who are treating patients with COVID-19 including frontline workers in China to share information about the progression of the disease and what works and what doesn't in treatment. What we are seeing is that the earlier patients are tested and treated, the better they do.”

WHO’s Janet Diaz also briefed the reporter. She said, “at this moment in time, there is no proven effective treatment for occur for a COVID-19.”

She added, “however, there are ongoing clinical trials being done in China at this moment as well. The two that we were already discussed are testing, the priority therapeutics that was prioritized by the WHO R and D blueprints, and that includes Lopinavir and Ritonavir as well as Remdesivir.”
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