Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on WHO Declaring the Pneumonia Outbreak Caused by the Novel Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

On 31 January, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying responded to a question on WHO declaring the pneumonia outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

Asked about China's comments on WHO Director-General's declaration of a PHEIC, Hua Chunying said that since the pneumonia outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus, the Chinese government has taken the most comprehensive and rigorous prevention and control measures with a strong sense of responsibility for people's health. Many of these measures go well beyond the requirements of the International Health Regulations (2005). We have full confidence and ability to win the battle against the outbreak.

Hua Chunying added that, acting with openness, transparency and in a responsible manner, China has provided timely updates of the outbreak and the genome sequence of the coronavirus. Such efforts are fully recognized and highly commended by the WHO and many countries.

Hua Chunying also said that China has stayed in close communication and cooperation with the WHO. The WHO experts conducted a field trip to Wuhan. Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited China and exchanged views on the containment of the outbreak with the Chinese side. He applauded China's prevention and control efforts and expressed gratitude for China's great contribution to the world in fighting against the outbreak. China will continue to work with the WHO and other countries to safeguard regional and global public health security.

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