Coronavirus (874) WHO Statement on the fourth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee

2 August, 2020

Extracts below. Read online: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/01-08-2020-statement-on-the-fourth-...(2005)-emergency-committee-regarding-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-(covid-19)

1 August 2020 Statement

The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) took place on Friday, 31 July 2020 from 12:00 to 17:45 Geneva time (CEST)...

Advice to the WHO Secretariat

- Continue to distill and rapidly communicate lessons learned and best practices from the COVID-19 pandemic and national intra-action reviews.

- Continue to coordinate and mobilize global and regional multilateral organizations, partners and networks for robust political commitment and resourcing of COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and response, including for development of vaccines and therapeutics.

- Provide nuanced, pragmatic guidance on criteria for appropriate COVID-19 response activities to reduce the risk of response fatigue in the context of socio-economic pressures.

- Continue to support State Parties and partners in conducting active and community-based COVID-19 surveillance...

- Continue to work with partners to counter mis/disinformation and infodemics by developing and disseminating clear, tailored messaging on the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects; encourage and support individuals and communities to follow recommended public health and social measures. [...]

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