WHO calls on China to share real-time data

The World Health Organization (WHO) met with Chinese officials on Friday to discuss the explosion in the number of cases of contamination by Covid-19 in their country, calling on them to share the data in real time so that other countries can respond effectively.

“A high-level meeting was held on December 30 between WHO and China regarding the current upsurge in Covid-19 cases, to obtain further information on the situation and to offer expertise and support from WHO,” the UN health agency said in a statement.

“WHO has again requested the regular sharing of specific and real-time data on the epidemiological situation, including more data on genetic sequencing and on the impact of the disease, including hospitalizations, admissions to units intensive care and deaths,” the statement said.

Vaccination data

She also called for data on vaccinations carried out and vaccination status, in particular among vulnerable people and those over 60, continued the WHO. “WHO has reiterated the importance of vaccination and boosters to protect those at higher risk from severe disease and death,” the Geneva-based international organization said.

“WHO has called on China to strengthen viral sequencing, clinical treatment of patients and impact assessment. She expressed her readiness to provide support in these areas, as well as on communication of risks related to vaccination in order to dispel resistance,” she added.

The talks came after a week in which WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged Chinese authorities to be more open about the Covid situation.

China’s surge in infections has sparked global concerns and questions over reporting, with official case and death figures low while some hospitals and morgues are overwhelmed.

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