The Wuhan Coronavirus Poses Three Tests for Global Public Health

The Wuhan Coronavirus Poses Three Tests for Global Public Health
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, talks to reporters at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 30, 2020 (Keystone photo by Jean-Christophe Bott via AP Images).

The rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, which the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency last Thursday, is immediately testing the multilateral system’s capacity to respond to a pandemic. As of Jan. 31, the virus had infected a reported 9,720 people in China and around 100 more in 20 other countries and territories, killing at least 213. The deepening health crisis underscores that we live in an epidemiologically interdependent world, in which outbreaks anywhere can hopscotch around the world at jet aircraft speeds. Preserving global public health depends in large part on three things: timely and credible action […]

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