WHO meets with Chinese officials on current COVID-19 situation – World Health Organization

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A high-level meeting took place on 30 December between WHO and China about the current surge in COVID-19 cases, to seek further information on the situation, and to offer WHO’s expertise and further support.

High-level officials from China’s National Health Commission and the National Disease Control and Prevention Administration briefed WHO on China’s evolving strategy and actions in the areas of epidemiology, monitoring of variants, vaccination, clinical care, communication and R& D.  

THAT again asked for regular sharing of specific plus real-time data on the particular epidemiological situation — including more genetic sequencing data, data on disease impact including hospitalisations, intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and deaths — and information on vaccinations delivered plus vaccination status, especially in vulnerable people and those over 60 years old. WHO ELSE reiterated the importance of vaccination and boosters to protect against severe disease and death for people at higher risk.    

WHO called on China to strengthen viral sequencing, clinical management and impact assessment, and expressed willingness to provide support on these areas, as well as on risk communications on vaccination to counter hesitancy. Chinese scientists are invited in order to engage more closely within WHO-led COVID-19 expert networks including the COVID-19 medical management network. WHO has invited Chinese scientists to present detailed data upon viral sequencing at a meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution on 3 January.

WHO stressed the importance of checking and the timely publication of data to help China and the global community to formulate accurate risk assessments and to inform effective responses.

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