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Coronavirus emergency holds grave threat for world: WHO
IFP Bureau | First Published: February 11, 2020 20:37:46 pm
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World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday stated that novel coronavirus outbreak has posed a “grave threat for the rest of the world.” 

Ghebreyesus was speaking at the launch of two-day meeting organised for accelerating research into drugs, diagnostics and vaccines to combat the virus amid growing concerns about its ability to spread.  He appealed to the health authorities to share virus samples and speed up research into drugs and vaccines.  

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The meeting was attended by more than 400 researchers and national authorities, including some, participating by video conference from mainland China and Taiwan.

Ghebreyesus said that China has reported 42,708 confirmed cases, including 1,017 deaths so far.

“We hope that one of the outcomes of this meeting will be an agreed roadmap for research around which researchers and donors will align,” Tedros told the meeting.

“To defeat this outbreak, we need open and equitable sharing, according to the principles of fairness and equity,” he added. 

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