World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that supplies of medicine are at risk of disruption due to the epidemic COVID-19 #coronavirus

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3/7/2020 UNFPA China

So far, no imminent specific shortages have been identified, and manufacturing has resumed in most parts of China, but the private sector needs to be involved, to ensure that countries can access life-saving products, said Tedros.

“You’ve heard me talk about the market failure for personal protective equipment. We look forward to businesses stepping up to play their part. We need you”.

The WHO chief announced that the agency is working with the World Economic Forum to engage companies around the world. Earlier this week, he spoke to more than 200 CEOs, to discuss ways that they can protect their staff and customers, ensure business continuity, and contribute to the response.

Although some sources are reporting that there are now more than 100,000 global cases, Tedros announced a global total of 98,023 during his Friday briefing.

During the latest 24-hour reporting period, the WHO has noted 2,736 new cases of COVID-19, present in a total of 47 countries and territories.

On their return from a 12-day mission to Italy, a WHO Rapid Response Team has concluded that the country should maintain a strong focus on containment measures, nationwide.

The mission team, made of up UN health agency experts and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, was sent to Italy to strengthen understanding about the evolution of the disease and support the national response.

As well as containment, the team also recommended making the identification and testing of suspect cases a priority, as well as the isolation of patients, and ensuring that hospitals are sufficiently prepared.

The WHO regional team is planning to establish a field emergency team in its Venice office, and send a senior advisor to work with the Italian authorities in Rome.

UN aviation body calls for greater international cooperation

With global travel slowing in response to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, the UN civil aviation body (ICAO) and WHO, called on Friday, for greater international cooperation to contain the virus and protect the health of travellers.

In the joint statement, ICAO noted that it is working closely with governments and industry partners to provide guidance to aviation authorities, airlines, and airports on appropriate measures aimed at reducing the risk of transmission.

As well as reaffirming the importance of international collaboration, ICAO and WHO underlined the importance of cooperation at a national level, between aviation, health, and other relevant authorities.

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