WHO to Convene a Global Forum for new Coronavirus

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The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene a global research and innovation forum on 11-12 Feb to address the issue of new coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The forum will be organized in collaboration with Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness.

“Harnessing the power of science is critical for bringing this outbreak under control. There are questions we need answers to, and tools we need developed as quickly as possible. WHO is playing an important coordinating role by bringing the scientific community together to identify research priorities and accelerate progress.”

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

The forum will bring together leading scientists, health organizations, ministers and global health and research agencies. The forum aims to discuss several areas of research, including identifying the source of the coronavirus as well as sharing of biological samples and genetic sequences.

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The participants will build on existing research and identify knowledge gaps and research priorities. This will help accelerate the scientific information needed to manufacture medical products that can minimize the impact of virus outbreak.

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