WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

Preview Language:   Original
09-Oct-2020 00:03:43
A senior official at the World Health Organization (WHO) said governments should try to avoid “massive lockdowns that are so punishing to communities,” while recognizing that these are sometimes “unavoidable.” WHO

Available Language: English
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
/
English
Other Formats
Description
STORY: WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE
TRT: 3:43
SOURCE: WHO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 OCTOBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:

FILE

1. Aerial shot, WHO headquarters exterior

09 OCTOBER 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO:
“What we want to try and avoid, and sometimes it's unavoidable, we accept that, but what we want to try and avoid are these massive lockdowns that are so punishing to communities, to society and to everything else. So, we don't want to flip from, you know, no cases, everything's open, a few cases, everything shuts down again, because that's exactly the sort of scenario that we want to try and avoid. What we really need to focus on is ensuring that as cases come back, and they will and do come back, and this virus is clearly showing that it's got a lot of life left in it, the vast majority of people in the world are still susceptible to the disease, and we need to make sure that we're also focusing, not just on restrictive measures, but on the surveillance, on the testing, on the tracking, on community empowerment, on education, on everybody taking their responsibility, the community their responsibility, and the government their responsibility.”
4. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO:
"It is though sad to see many countries in Europe experiencing a rapid rise in case, and governments do have to take decisive action in order to try and shut down transmission. And it is very, very difficult when transmission reaches a certain level to not put in place restrictions. It's not about putting in lockdowns. What governments are trying to do is not lockdown, what governments are trying to do is break chains of transmission. They're trying to stop the disease jumping from person to person. And there are certain circumstances in which trying to do that becomes exceptionally difficult when there is intense community transmission."
6. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO:
"We are ready to move very, very quickly on this. We can put teams in the field in 24 hours in most epidemic responses. So, the issue is not logistics. The issue is getting that agreement around the final shape of that team. We would like the team, and the Director-General has made this clear and has been in discussions on this with senior Chinese counterparts, and the terms of reference allows for this, is that the teams can begin work virtually and then deploy at the appropriate time. So, we would like to see this international team establish a virtual relationship with their counterparts to review the existing data, to review the phase one progress made by Chinese colleagues and then to plan and implement phase two, and then to deploy to the field at the appropriate time."
8. Close up, WHO emblem
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO:
"The COVID-19 pandemic has also taken a heavy toll on the mental health of millions of people and highlighted the urgency of increasing investment in this neglected area of health. Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day. Close to one billion people are living with a mental disorder, and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. Yet relatively few people globally have access to quality mental health services."
10. Close up, WHO emblem
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO:
"It’s time for this to change. It is time to increase investment in mental health services on a massive scale, so that access to quality mental health services becomes a reality for everyone."
12. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference

STORYLINE:

A senior official at the World Health Organization (WHO) said governments should try to avoid “massive lockdowns that are so punishing to communities,” while recognizing that these are sometimes “unavoidable.”

At a press conference in Geneva today (09 Oct), the Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme Mike Ryan said, “We don't want to flip from, you know, no cases, everything's open, a few cases, everything shuts down again, because that's exactly the sort of scenario that we want to try and avoid. What we really need to focus on is ensuring that as cases come back, and they will and do come back, and this virus is clearly showing that it's got a lot of life left in it, the vast majority of people in the world are still susceptible to the disease, and we need to make sure that we're also focusing, not just on restrictive measures, but on the surveillance, on the testing, on the tracking on community empowerment, on education, on everybody taking their responsibility, the community their responsibility, and the government their responsibility.”

Ryan said it was “sad to see many countries in Europe experiencing a rapid rise in case, and governments do have to take decisive action in order to try and shut down transmission.” He added that as the level of transmission increases, it is very difficult not to put restrictions in place.

He noted that governments were trying to avoid lockdown while also breaking the chain of transmission which could become “exceptionally difficult when there is intense community transmission."

Asked about the progress made to have a scientific team conduct a second mission to China, Ryan said WHO was trying to connect the best Chinese scientists with the best international scientists. He added that WHO is ready to “move very, very quickly on this.” He added, “We can put teams in the field in 24 hours in most epidemic responses. So, the issue is not logistics. The issue is getting that agreement around the final shape of that team. We would like the team, and the Director-General has made this clear and has been in discussions on this with senior Chinese counterparts, and the terms of reference allows for this, is that the teams can begin work virtually and then deploy at the appropriate time. So, we would like to see this international team establish a virtual relationship with their counterparts to review the existing data, to review the phase one progress made by Chinese colleagues and then to plan and implement phase two, and then to deploy to the field at the appropriate time."


WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus the COVID-19 pandemic has also taken a “heavy toll on the mental health of millions of people, and highlighted the urgency of increasing investment in this neglected area of health.” He reminded that tomorrow marks World Mental Health Day.

Dr Tedros said close to one billion people worldwide are living with a mental disorder, and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide, “yet relatively few people globally have access to quality mental health services."

He stressed that it is “time for this to change; it is time to increase investment in mental health services on a massive scale, so that access to quality mental health services becomes a reality for everyone."
Series
Category
Topical Subjects
Creator
WHO
Alternate Title
unifeed201009c
Asset ID
2569612