WHO / IHR Emergency Committee COVID-19

31-Jul-2020 00:02:09
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said "although vaccine development is happening at record speed, we must learn to live with this virus, and we must fight it with the tools we have." WHO
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STORY: WHO / IHR Emergency Committee COVID-19
TRT: 2:09
SOURCE: WHO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 31 JULY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1.Various shots, conference room
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"It’s sobering to think that six months ago, when you (IHR Emergency Committee) recommended I declare a public health emergency of international concern, there were less than 100 cases, and to be exact 98 cases, and no deaths outside China."
3.Med shot, conference room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come."
5. Med shot, conference room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"Many scientific questions have been resolved; many remain to be answered. Early results from serology studies are painting a consistent picture: most of the world’s people remain susceptible to this virus, even in areas that have experienced severe outbreaks. Many countries that believed they were past the worst are now grappling with new outbreaks. Some that were less affected in the earliest weeks are now seeing escalating numbers of cases and deaths. And some that had large outbreaks have brought them under control."
7. Med shot, conference room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"Although vaccine development is happening at record speed, we must learn to live with this virus, and we must fight it with the tools we have."
9. Wide shot, conference room
STORYLINE
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said "although vaccine development is happening at record speed, we must learn to live with this virus, and we must fight it with the tools we have."

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (31 Jul), Tedros said, "it’s sobering to think that six months ago, when you (IHR Emergency Committee) recommended I declare a public health emergency of international concern, there were less than 100 cases, and to be exact 98 cases, and no deaths outside China."

He said that the pandemic is a “once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come."

The WHO’s chief also said, “many scientific questions have been resolved; many remain to be answered. Early results from serology studies are painting a consistent picture: most of the world’s people remain susceptible to this virus, even in areas that have experienced severe outbreaks.”

Tedros continued, “many countries that believed they were past the worst are now grappling with new outbreaks. Some that were less affected in the earliest weeks are now seeing escalating numbers of cases and deaths. And some that had large outbreaks have brought them under control."

The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on COVID-19 has reconvened today, the 4th time since first meeting in January 2020
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