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Wuhan coronavirus: China accepts WHO experts but not American

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 28, 2020
China has agreed that the World Health Organisation (WHO) will send international experts there as soon as possible to increase understanding of Wuhan coronavirus and guide the global response to the outbreak, the UN agency said today.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Health in China   Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
In a statement after a two day visit by WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who met Chinese President Xi Jinping as well as the health and foreign ministers, it said that a better understanding of the virus' ability to spread from person to person was urgently needed to advise other countries.

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"The discussions focused on continued collaboration on containment measures in Wuhan, public health measures in other cities and provinces, conducting further studies on the severity and transmissibility of the virus, continuing to share data, and for China to share biological material with WHO," the WHO said.

This would contribute to developing vaccines and treatments.

"The two sides agreed that WHO will send international experts to visit China as soon as possible to work with Chinese counterparts on increasing understanding of the outbreak to guide global response efforts," the WHO added, without giving a time frame.

The Chinese Communist Party has declined an offer by the United States to send a group of health experts to China, U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said at a press conference today.

The United States conveyed the offer through multiple channels, including Azar speaking to a top Chinese official, but China has so far refused to allow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) team to assist with efforts to study Wuhan Coronavirus.

“We do hope that the Chinese government will take us up” on the offer, Azar said. “CDC experts are standing by, ready to go to China.”

He told Chinese officials at the press conference, “More cooperation and transparency are the most important steps you can take.”