The World Health Organization (WHO) met this Friday with chinese leaders to deal with the situation COVID-19 and request transparency in the exchange of data on the new wave of infections in the Asian giant.
“A high-level meeting took place on December 30 between the WHO and China on the current wave of cases,” this UN agency said in a statement.
“The WHO asked a constant and real-time exchange ofe epidemiological data, as well as vaccination data, especially for the vulnerable population and those over 60 years of age,” he added.
This meeting took place after the director general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesuscriticized the lack of information provided by the Chinese authorities.
“In the absence of full information from China, it is understandable that countries around the world are acting in ways they believe can protect their populations,” the WHO chief said on Twitter.
According to the WHO, officials from the Chinese Health Commission, with functions similar to those of a ministry, provided them with data on the strategy to control and stop the spread of the virus and encourage vaccination in the country.
The UN agency “recalled the importance of vaccination and immunizations that protect the vulnerable population from severe forms and death.”
He also “called on China to strengthen control of the sequencing of the virus.”
The meeting took place the same day that France, UK, Spain, Israel and South Korea they announced that they will require a COVID-19 test, with a negative result, to all travelers from China.
Those five countries joined the United States and several European and Asian nations, which have taken similar measures since China suddenly lifted all health restrictions earlier this month to control the pandemic.
These countries fear that the wide circulation of the virus in the Asian giant will favor the appearance of new variants.
The decision of the chinese regime to go from an extremely restrictive policy, called “COVID zero”, to make its measures to control the coronavirus almost completely flexible It unleashed a wave of massive infections that collapses the country’s hospitals and crematoriums, although the Xi Jinping government seeks to hide the death figures from the pandemic.
In addition, Beijing fully released travel, forcing other countries to take measures to check the health status of thousands of people arriving from the Asian country to prevent a new spread of the coronavirus in their territories. The situation is similar to that at the beginning of the pandemic.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) considered, however, that these tests are “unjustified” in the European Union (EU), given the level of immunity of the population of the block and the presence of the same variants. of covid than in China.
(With information from AFP)