The Lancet: What next for the coronavirus response?

7 February, 2020

Below are citation and selected extracts from a report in this week's Lancet (8 February).

CITATION: World report| volume 395, issue 10222, p401, february 08, 2020

What next for the coronavirus response?

John Zarocostas

The Lancet

Published:February 08, 2020

DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30292-0

Among the recommendations in seven key areas, Dr Tedros underscored “first, there is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade. WHO does not recommend limiting trade and movement”... Other recommendations are to support countries with weaker health systems; accelerate the development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics; *combat the spread of rumours and misinformation* [my emphasis]; review preparedness plans; identify gaps and evaluate the resources needed to identify, isolate, and care for cases, and prevent transmission; share data, knowledge, and experience; and for countries to work together in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation...

Rebecca Katz, director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University, told The Lancet that the global community will also look to WHO to “provide a single source of validated information on the outbreak”.

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