SCO must respond faster to epidemiological threats

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SCO must respond faster to epidemiological threats 22.01.2020 13:12

The situation with the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus 2019-nCoV shows that the SCO countries should establish a system for quick warning and response to such threats. This was stated in an interview with Infoshos by orientalist Alexei Maslov.

This is especially true in a situation where the number of threats and their diversity increases, the expert said.

“For the SCO, the example of China is extremely important within the framework of creating a full-fledged service for quick warning and response to such threats,” he said.

According to Maslov, China acts openly and is ready to accept consulting and other assistance. However, similar situations can occur in any country in the SCO space. There is a rather complicated biological situation in India and other SCO countries.

He emphasized the importance of creating a common database and developing a joint protocol for instant response.

“The SCO is capable of responding to these threats, but the question is that today one of the problems of the Organization is that it goes a bit behind events, but we must go ahead and work ahead of the curve,” Maslov says.

The expert noted the role of Russian and Chinese science in the fight and response to infectious threats in the SCO space.

“The largest virological laboratories are in Russia and in China. We have the same SCO network university, which can allow us to maintain a common protocol, a common database of new virus strains. All this should be on the principle of a single window”, the expert concluded.

According to the State Committee on Hygiene and Healthcare of the PRC, as of January 21, 291 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the new coronavirus were registered in the world: 287 in China (mainly in Wuhan, as well as in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong), 2 in Thailand, 1 in Japan, 1 in the Republic of South Korea, including 6 fatal. In particular, 15 infected paramedics are known, which confirms the transmission of the virus between people.