Ahead of at present’s (13 February) Extraordinary assembly of European well being ministers to debate the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and associated measures, EU Reporter met the Chinese Ambassador Cao Zhongming, to search out out extra about China’s response and the way it was working along with worldwide companions.
Q: What measures China has taken in response to Covid-19?
The sudden outbreak of Covid-19 is a problem for China. After the outbreak, the Chinese authorities rapidly and vigorously adopted a bunch of stringent and complete measures. We arrange the Central Leading Group on responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and established a complete, multi-tier prevention and management system comprising the central and native governments.
Q: How has China been interacting with the exterior world, together with the WHO?
After the onset of the epidemic, China has carried out worldwide cooperation in an open, clear and accountable method. China notified the worldwide neighborhood, together with the WHO, of the outbreak as quickly as potential. Within every week, Chinese researchers shared the genetic sequence of the Covid-19 with WHO and different nations, enabling fast growth of diagnostic reagents and vaccines. Daily updates of the epidemic had been additionally offered. Efforts by the Chinese authorities had been effectively obtained by the WHO and the worldwide neighborhood. While making the utmost efforts to include the epidemic, China is able to work along with worldwide companions to combat shoulder–to–shoulder and win the battle in opposition to the outbreak.
Q: What was the response of EU nations to the epidemic? Have they offered assist or experience?
The outbreak has obtained nice consideration from EU nations. The European Commission President Von der Leyen and Premier Li Keqiang spoke on the telephone to help China’s combat in opposition to the epidemic. The EU rapidly coordinated member states to supply China with 12 tons of urgently wanted provides for epidemic prevention and management. German, British, French, Belgian authorities officers and other people from throughout the society have additionally expressed their sympathies and help to China. The EU is skilled within the public well being area. Virus analysis institutes and consultants actively observe and take part within the combat in opposition to the epidemic. We thank the EU for its help and cooperation. I consider that with the help of the worldwide neighborhood, together with the European Union, China will win this battle.
Q: While lives are the first lack of this epidemic, it’s going to additionally incur financial prices. Will it additionally have an effect on the European economic system?
Our most essential process is to win the combat in opposition to the epidemic, and on the similar time scale back its affect on the economic system. The epidemic will inevitably have some results on China’s commerce, SMEs, business and provide chain. However, within the medium and long run, China’s financial fundamentals are sound and its momentum of speedy progress won’t change. We are assured that after overcoming the epidemic, we are going to take efficient measures to revive and promote financial progress as quickly as potential. In the context of globalization, China and EU get pleasure from shut cooperation. Changes in China’s economic system will have an effect on Europe, however it is just non permanent and controllable. After the epidemic has handed, cooperation between China and the EU will likely be as shut as earlier than and the expansion momentum will likely be rapidly restored.
Q: Is it too early to say what classes have been realized from this outbreak?
The precedence remains to be to combat the epidemic. The outbreak has occurred for a while, and we have now drawn some useful classes from the response efforts. The first is we have now mobilized sources nationwide in response to the epidemic. Second, we have now intensified efforts and prioritized sources provision to essentially the most affected areas – this time the epicenter of Hubei and Wuhan. We additionally adopted inter-agency and complete prevention and management measures to make sure that work is superior all throughout the nation. The third is to work with the worldwide neighborhood in an open, clear and accountable method within the face of public well being emergencies. This can also be what we have now realized from SARS in 2003. Fourth, we should observe the skilled and authoritative suggestions of the World Health Organization, and chorus from taking extreme measures, and take proportionate and rational measures. This will assist construct confidence and never trigger panic.
Q: Some European nations have issued travel recommendation for nationals to keep away from nonessential journeys to Hubei. When can these measures be lifted?
WHO has repeatedly advised in opposition to and is even against extreme travel and commerce restrictions. We consider that nations ought to observe the suggestions of the World Health Organization. We respect rational and science-based precautionary measures taken by nations. The state of affairs is steadily enhancing in China. New circumstances exterior Wuhan in Hubei province have declined for six consecutive days (5-11th February). After the state of affairs improves, it’s hoped that nations will return to regular practices.