World Health Organization names deadly coronavirus disease 'COVID-19'

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan

The number of cases of infection with the new coronavirus in China has stabilised, but the apparent slowdown in the epidemic spread should be viewed with "extreme caution,", the head of the World Health Organisation said yesterday.

Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the first vaccines for Covid-19 could be ready in 18 months, reported Xinhua news agency.

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"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatising".

Ghebreyesus further informed the media that the United Nations (UN) has activated a Crisis Management Team to ensure World Health Organization focuses on Covid-19.

Throughout the gathering, more than 300 scientists and researchers addressed the natural history of COVID-19, its transmission and diagnosis, animal and environmental research into its origins, epidemiological studies, clinical characterization, and management of the disease, prevention and control efforts, R&D for therapeutics and vaccines, research ethics and integration of social sciences for proper response.

"As for the virus causing COVID-2019, it will be called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2" or SARS-CoV-2. The organization announced that at 6 am CET on February 11, there were 42,708 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in China and 393 cases in 24 other countries around the world.

This week's christening comes as the coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000; more than 43,000 cases have been reported in China and overseas.

While reiterating that now is a window of opportunity to fight the disease as most of the cases have so far remained in China, Dr Tedros also expressed his concerns that the virus could spread to countries with weaker public health systems and create havoc.

He added that a WHO-led advance team that travelled to China earlier this week had made "good progress" on the composition and scope of its work. "It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks".

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