Chinese officials discuss COVID with WHO experts after Tedros’ criticism


China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement after the online meeting that Chinese officials and experts from the World Health Organization exchanged views on the current status, treatment and vaccination of COVID-19.

Chinese health officials on Friday discussed with experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) the country’s massive surge in COVID-19 cases. The organization’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus asked Beijing to share more information and defended the decision of countries like India to screen pandemic-affected travelers. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement after the online meeting that Chinese officials and experts from the World Health Organization exchanged views on the current status, treatment and vaccination of COVID-19.

They agreed to continue technical exchanges to help end the pandemic as soon as possible around the world, the statement said. The current surge in the Omicron subspecies in China has infected millions of Chinese, causing worldwide concern. Earlier on Thursday, Tedros tweeted, “As I said in my most recent press conference – WHO needs detailed information to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of the COVID-19 situation in China.”

The WHO chief also defended various countries, including India, for taking protective measures against people coming from China to prevent the virus from spreading. “In the absence of comprehensive information from China, it is understandable that countries around the world are acting in a way they think they can protect their populations,” he said.

“We are concerned about the current situation and we continue to encourage China to monitor the COVID-19 virus and vaccinate those at highest risk. We continue to offer our support for clinical care and the protection of the health system.” Referring to the origins of the coronavirus that first emerged in China’s Wuhan city in late 2019, Tedros said, “We will continue to call on China to share data and look into all hypotheses about this pandemic.”

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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