Action to suppress Coronavirus 2019-nCoV is a global healthcare priority
… Coronavirus 2019-nCoV: A Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

Coronavirus 2019-nCoV: A Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)

WHO has issued PHEIC status only 5 times before

PHEIC events of the past: Ebola, H1N1 Swine Flu, Polio

  • Ebola virus, 2019
  • Zika virus, 2016
  • Polio outbreak, 2014
  • Ebola outbreak, 2014
  • Swine flu, 2009

Definition and guidelines about PHEIC designation

  • “to constitute a public health risk to other States through the international spread of disease”
  • “to potentially require a coordinated international response”

The 2019-nCoV challenge may still be in its early stages

Why didn’t WHO declare Coronavirus N-CoV19 a PHEIC sooner?

Not to minimize events to be even considered for PHEIC status, the level of alertness and action warranted by PHEIC status is of extraordinarily high level

How does the World Health Organization decide on PHEIC designation?

  • What is the scale of the threat risk to public health?
  • How unusual or unexpected are the circumstances?
  • What level of success thus far has been achieved in dealing with the threat and in what direction is its momentum moving?
  • How significant is the risk for international exposure as a disease or other threat manifests itself?
  • What is the level of risk that would require international travel and trade restrictions?

Why isn’t there a vaccine for Coronavirus 2019-nCoV?

What U.S. government agencies are taking the lead in aligning policies and procedures within the nation’s borders based on the PHEIC designation by WHO?

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) unit
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unit
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Moving forward, 2019-nCoV has earned global healthcare top priority

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