2021-10-19

Multinational experts reflect on epidemic prevention and control cooperation: “we are not ready”

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China News Agency, Changsha, October 19 (Wang Enbo, Chen Jing) – according to the data released by the World Health Organization on the 18th, the cumulative number of newly diagnosed cases in the world has exceeded 240 million. What kind of international cooperation does the world need to respond to the challenges of public health? During the first session of the Boao Forum for Asia global economic development and security forum being held in Changsha, experts from many countries made reflections on this

Multinational experts reflect on epidemic prevention and control cooperation: “we are not ready”

on October 11 local time, Sydney, Australia’s largest city, lifted the blockade, restaurants and bars resumed hall food business, and shopping malls, gyms, swimming pools and other public facilities were reopened to fully vaccinated people. Previously, Sydney was blocked for about four months in order to prevent and control the epidemic</ Be taken by surprise, p>

COVID-19 has completely unmasked the medical materials, equipment and personnel. The virus has been raging, and the economy, society and people’s livelihood have been in crisis. p>

“we are content with the status quo and are not ready to deal with the epidemic at all.” Margaret Chan, founding dean of Vanke School of public health and health of Tsinghua University and honorary director general of the World Health Organization, said bluntly that the current international cooperation is very poor and extremely disappointing, especially in the spotlight of the epidemic

in the view of Suraj shatiantai, former deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Thailand, the public health world lacks government leadership and needs urgent response capacity. The two should cooperate at the same time. Prior to the outbreak of SARS and avian influenza, countries and institutions around the world formed good international cooperation to jointly deal with the virus. But in the course of COVID-19’s response, international cooperation is not as effective as it used to be. P>

“there is still no effective international cooperation and unity. This has greatly undermined our response to the epidemic.” Alexander Matthew, director of the Asia Pacific regional representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said that during the process of dealing with COVID-19, the Red Cross and Red Crescent would learn some lessons. Now it is recognized that the most important thing is international cooperation. This is especially true in the early stage of epidemic prevention and control. “It’s too late to wait for the impact.”

this is not the first time that mankind has suffered an epidemic, nor will it be the last. How can the global public health governance system respond to the next possible challenge? The answer of the participants was to build consensus and strengthen cooperation

“every epidemic is as imminent as a house on fire, and a house on fire will also affect other houses.” Shao Yiming, chief expert and researcher of the China Center for Disease Control and prevention, said that all parties have not seen this clearly in the epidemic, and there is an urgent need to establish a global consensus. He suggested that a novel coronavirus pneumonia surveillance system is not enough, and a more stringent global monitoring system is needed to create a “global health response team”. p>

in the process of global epidemic prevention and control, the role of who can not be ignored. Suraj shatiantai believes that there must be institutions such as the United Nations and who around the world to ensure sufficient commitment at the political level

however, Margaret Chan also reminded that who needs the support of all Member States to choose its position based on the facts of science and evidence rather than its own interests, “especially the position brought about by political interests, which is very important”

at present, the global distribution of new crown vaccine is facing great challenges. Solving this problem also requires international consensus

Ke Qiuming, Personal Envoy of the chairman of the International Committee of the Red Cross for Chinese Affairs and director of the East Asian regional representative office, believes that in the process of epidemic prevention and control, how to distribute vaccines to remote areas affected by armed conflict is very important. Therefore, the International Committee of the Red Cross is willing to work with all parties to make efforts for the “last kilometer” of vaccine distribution. (end)