Chinese health minister, WHO chief exchange views on COVID-19 prevention
Updated 16:14, 15-Jan-2023
A file photo of the WHO headquaters in Geneva. /CFP
A file photo of the WHO headquaters in Geneva. /CFP

A file photo of the WHO headquaters in Geneva. /CFP

Ma Xiaowei, minister of China's National Health Commission (NHC), talked over the phone with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Saturday, exchanging views on the current COVID-19 prevention and control measures.

Ma said that China had shared information with the WHO and other countries since the beginning of the epidemic, was the first to identify the pathogen and share its genetic sequence, and established a mechanism for technical exchange with the WHO.

Since China took the initiative to optimize and adjust its epidemic prevention and control policies in light of the current situation, the two sides have conducted many technical exchanges, Ma said, adding that China will continue to support the WHO in the fight against COVID-19.

Tedros expressed appreciation for China's efforts to maintain long-term technical exchanges and share epidemic information and data with the WHO.

"WHO appreciates this meeting, as well as the public release of information on the overall situation," the Geneva-based agency said in a statement.

"Chinese officials provided information to WHO and in a press conference on a range of topics, including outpatient clinics, hospitalizations, patients requiring emergency treatment and critical care, and hospital deaths related to COVID-19 infection."

The two sides agreed to continue to strengthen technical exchanges and cooperation on epidemic prevention and control, and jointly maintain global health security.

(With input from agencies)

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