The British medical journal The Lancet published an article co-signed by WHO Director-General Tan Desai and WHO Chief Scientist Sumia Swaminathan on Thursday, describing the scientific community’s efforts to respond to the new coronavirus, and especially praising the contribution of Chinese scientists in sharing information on the genome sequencing of the new coronavirus.
The article said that Chinese doctors quickly identified the new coronavirus during the flu season and shared information on the genome sequencing of the new coronavirus with international counterparts through a global research network, which laid the foundation for follow-up research and helped accelerate the development of vaccines and drugs for the new coronavirus.
The article also said that the unremitting efforts made by Chinese authorities in responding to and controlling the outbreak of the country’s new coronary pneumonia have not only won valuable time for other countries to prevent and control the outbreak, but also “paved the way” for the international scientific community to jointly respond to the outbreak.
The article introduces that scientists around the world are working hard to study better means of detection, treatment, prevention and control. The forum, which was convened by WHO to bring together a large number of scientists, has resulted in a scientific research roadmap, to be released at the end of February, which will outline plans to help prevent and control outbreaks, reduce mortality rates, and minimize economic and social damage to the epidemic.
By working with governments, private institutions and partners in the scientific community, “we will continue to bring together members of the international community to find common solutions to common problems,” the article said.