WHO / COVID-19 BRIEFING UPDATE

27-Mar-2020 00:04:04
WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said his message to G20 leaders was threefold: fight to stop the virus “with every resource at our disposal,” unite to confront the pandemic together, and “ignite the industrial might and innovation of the G20 to produce and distribute the tools needed to save lives.” WHO
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STORY: WHO / COVID-19 BRIEFING UPDATE
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SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 27 MARCH 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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FILE – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, WHO emblem outside headquarters

27 MARCH 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, WHO officials giving presser in empty room
3. Med shot, Tedros speaking
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Yesterday, I had the honour of addressing an extraordinary meeting of leaders from the G20 countries. My message was threefold: we must fight, unite and ignite. Fight to stop the virus with every resource at our disposal. Unite to confront the pandemic together. We are one humanity with one common enemy. No country can fight alone. We can only fight together. And ignite the industrial might and innovation of the G20 to produce and distribute the tools needed to save lives. The chronic global shortage of personal protective equipment is now one of the most urgent threats to our collective ability to save lives.”
5. Wide shot, Tedros speaking
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Today, we're delighted to announce that today Norway and Spain, the first patients will shortly be enrolled in the Solidarity Trial, which will compare the safety and effectiveness of four different drugs or drug combinations against COVID-19. This is a historic trial.”
7. Wide shot, Ryan speaking
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Micheal Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“For most people it is a very mild infection, most young people, but for a significant minority of people between the age of 20 and 60, this is a significant infection. And if you listen to people who are interviewed on the media, the one thing I've seen again and again and again from people, adults who've got this and young adults, and they keep looking at the camera and saying, this is not flu.”
9. Med shot, Kerkhove speaking
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical lead, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“What works is case finding, is contact tracing, is mobilizing your population and communicating with your population. It's making sure that you have arrangements in place so that people who need to be cared for can be, so that healthcare workers are protected; so that PPE is used appropriately and that they're saved for frontline workers and utilised by those that need it most. So, your answer to ‘can this be controlled’ is yes.”
11. Wide shot, WHO officials giving presser in empty room
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Micheal Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“It is important that when we look at these numbers rising, part of that rise in numbers is increased detection, due to better testing. And we need to be careful that we don't punish people for testing. Having a larger number means I know where the virus is, better.”
13. Med shot, Kerkhove speaking
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“People understand, to have to limit their individual freedom, if it's for the betterment of the society and when it's for a short period. So, it's a dialogue that should continue between the government and the community.”
15. Wide shot, WHO officials giving presser in empty room
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Micheal Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“But there are times when the good of community and the good of the population, is something that we're in a crisis. And it is much better through community, as the DG said through trust and community engagement, that individuals are prepared to offer a little piece of individual sovereignty in order to support the community, the selflessness of the one to help them many. But that must be a temporary gift.”
17. Wide shot, WHO officials
STORYLINE
WHO chief Tedros Ghebreyesus said his message to G20 leaders was threefold: fight to stop the virus “with every resource at our disposal,” unite to confront the pandemic together, and “ignite the industrial might and innovation of the G20 to produce and distribute the tools needed to save lives.”

Speaking at a press conference today (27 Mar) Tedros said he told G20 leaders in an address yesterday that “we are one humanity with one common enemy” and no country can fight alone He said the “chronic global shortage of personal protective equipment is now one of the most urgent threats to our collective ability to save lives.”

He said WHO had shipped almost two million individual items of protective gear to 74 countries that need it most, and was preparing to send a similar amount to a further 60 countries, but added that much more was needed.

Tedros highlighted the importance of international cooperation in research and development to face COVID-19. He said a vaccine was still at least 12 to 18 months away, but recognized that there was an urgent need for therapeutics to treat patients and save lives.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Today, we're delighted to announce that today Norway and Spain, the first patients will shortly be enrolled in the Solidarity Trial, which will compare the safety and effectiveness of four different drugs or drug combinations against COVID-19. This is a historic trial.”

He said more than 45 countries were contributing to the trial, and more had expressed interest and stressed that the more countries join the trial, the faster it would yield results.

WHO Executive Director of the Health Emergencies Programme, Micheal Ryan, said, for most young people it is a “very mild infection,” but stressed that for “a significant minority of people between the age of 20 and 60, this is a significant infection.” He added, “If you listen to people who are interviewed on the media, the one thing I've seen again and again and again from people, adults who've got this and young adults, and they keep looking at the camera and saying, this is not flu.”

Ryan said it was important to note that the rise in numbers was in part due to “increased detection” and “better testing.” He said, “Having a larger number means I know where the virus is, better.”

Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical lead at WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme stressed that the virus could be controlled. She said, “What works is case finding, is contact tracing, is mobilizing your population and communicating with your population. It's making sure that you have arrangements in place so that people who need to be cared for can be, so that healthcare workers are protected; so that PPE is used appropriately and that they're saved for frontline workers and utilised by those that need it most.”

On restrictions of movement, Tedros said, “People understand, to have to limit their individual freedom, if it's for the betterment of the society and when it's for a short period. So, it's a dialogue that should continue between the government and the community.”

Ryan added that through community trust and engagement individual could be “prepared to offer a little piece of individual sovereignty in order to support the community, the selflessness of the one to help them many, but that must be a temporary gift.”
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