Consultations of experts and heads of services of the SCO member states responsible for ensuring sanitary and epidemiological welfare

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Consultations of experts and heads of services of the SCO member states responsible for ensuring sanitary and epidemiological welfare 19.06.2020 11:58

 

Under the chairmanship of the Russian side, the Consultations of experts and heads of services of the SCO member states, which are responsible for ensuring sanitary and epidemiological well-being, were held on June 16-17 in a video conference format.

The events were held with the participation of representatives of the healthcare sector of the SCO member states, SCO observer states (Belarus, Iran and Mongolia), the Organization’s dialogue partner (Armenia), and Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program.

The interlocutors discussed the draft Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action of the SCO Member States on countering the threats of epidemics in the region, the Agreement on Cooperation between the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to Combat Plague, and the Final Statement by the Heads of Services of the SCO Member States responsible for ensuring sanitary and epidemiological welfare.

Speaking at the consultations, the SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov emphasized that member states show a high level of solidarity, support and mutual assistance in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Thanks to China’s experience in combating the COVID-19 epidemic, detailed information on the extent of the impending threat was timely received.

The SCO Secretary-General noted the importance of adopting at the upcoming meeting of the heads of state of the Organization in St. Petersburg, the Comprehensive Plan of Joint Actions of the SCO Member States, agreed by experts, on countering the threats of epidemics in the region.

The creation of the Coordinating Council for jointly countering the threats of epidemics in the SCO space to organize the operational and systemic interaction of member states can be a real step in ensuring the prompt response of the SCO to new outbreaks of infectious diseases, developing and implementing timely and coordinated measures to combat epidemics.

This mechanism is designed to facilitate the development and implementation of comprehensive measures for the prevention, early warning, response and reduction of the negative impact of epidemic diseases.

During the plenary session, reports were presented by representatives of the SCO member states - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as the observer state at the SCO - Iran on the epidemiological situation in the countries.

The final statement was made by the heads of services of the SCO member states responsible for ensuring sanitary and epidemiological well-being.