Coronavirus: WHO officials urge global cooperation, say they canât ‘assume’ spread will slow in warm weather
Officials with the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that global cooperation amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is essential to stem the spread of the coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases nears 100,000.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking at Friday’s briefing from Geneva, urged all countries to make “containment their highest priorities,” adding that slowing the spread of COVID-19 “saves lives and buys time” for hospitals, the general public, and the development of treatment.
“Every day [the epidemic is slowed] is another day closer to having vaccines and therapeutics,” Tedros said.
In addition to urging containment, Tedros said WHO would be publishing a set of protocols, or a “roadmap,” for countries conducting studies into the novel coronavirus, adding that France and South Africa have already indicated that they plan to use the protocols for clinical trials.
[Source: Fox News]