China shares experience, resources in global novel coronavirus battle

Apr. 02, 2020|Updated: 2020-04-01

Medical staff work in the isolation ward at Wuhan No.1 Hospital in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, Feb 22, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

China will share its experiences and lessons in battling the novel coronavirus with other countries "without reservations," and provide assistance within its capacity to those badly affected by the disease, Ma Xiaowei, minister of the National Health Commission, said at a news conference in Wuhan on March 31.

As the domestic spread of the virus has been basically blocked but global infections have soared, China has sent expert teams to several countries, including Italy, Serbia, Cambodia, Pakistan, Venezuela and Laos, to offer epidemic-control guidance, according to Ma.

Meanwhile, China has delivered essential medical supplies and protective equipment, such as test kits, antiviral drugs, traditional Chinese medicine, respirators and facial masks, to some foreign countries and regions.

Chinese health authorities and experts also have kept in close communication with the World Health Organization and held over 40 virtual technical conferences with more than 100 countries and regions across the globe, he added.

In addition, the country has donated 20 million dollars to the WHO to aid the organization's efforts to curb the pandemic and help improve the public health capabilities of other developing countries.

"During earlier stages of the domestic outbreak, China received extensive support from the international community. Now we have passed the most strenuous stretch of the battle and have visceral feelings for those who are also stricken by the disease," he said.

These medical assistance measures have shown that China is a united, resilient and responsible country that intends to bring benefits to the world.

In the next step, China will deepen international cooperation on developing drugs and vaccines against the virus, and guide its foreign medical aid networks scattered in over 50 foreign countries to help local regions cope with the pandemic.

China also will step up preparations for the upcoming meeting between G20 health ministers, he added.