WHO Calls for $675 Mln in Donations to Combat Novel Coronavirus

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"The majority of the world is not prepared", said Marion Koopmans, a virology professor who's a member of the WHO committee that determines whether outbreaks are global health emergencies.

"Our greatest concern is about the potential for spread in other countries with weaker health systems and who lack the capacity to detect and diagnose the virus", he said.

According to the statement, the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) for the new coronavirus lays out activities and resources needed by worldwide health organisations globally, including WHO.

The relatively small number of vases outside China provides a window of opportunity to prevent the outbreak from becoming a "broader global crisis", he said. "To put it bluntly, we're shadow boxing". "We will need to bring out this virus to the light so we can strike it correctly".

But there is still a lot to learn, including the source of the virus, its severity and ability to spread, Tedros said.

Ghebreyesus said, "As I mentioned on Wednesday, WHO is sending testing kits, masks, gloves, respirators and gowns to countries in every region".

Dr Tedros said $60 million of the funds would be for World Health Organization operations while the remainder would go to countries requiring assistance to guard against the deadly virus.

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So far, Japan has donated $ 10 million and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $ 10 million. "It's right now too early to make predictions on numbers".

"We need to be very careful on making any predictions", he said.

He said that with World Health Organization support, the country had created an isolation ward and received test kits, but said more support would be needed.

Briand said that while there is rapid spread of transmission in Hubei, outside the province there are mainly "spillover cases" with sporadic clusters of transmission.

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters on a teleconference on Monday: "We have folks ready to go to China as soon as that offer is finalized".

Chen Xu, China's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, told a news briefing last Friday where he was asked about any objection to USA participation, said: 'We are not intentionally denying any kind of help from any particular country'.

A post-outbreak analysis will be done in the future, Tedros said.

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