WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

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WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of humanity, and stressed, "We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is: This is not even close to being over." WHO

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DATELINE: 29 JUNE 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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FILE – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, WHO emblem outside headquarters

29 JUNE 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world – and our lives – would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus. The pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of humanity."
4. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is: This is not even close to being over."
6. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"The critical question that all countries will face in the coming months is how to live with this virus. That is the new normal. Many countries have implemented unprecedented measures to suppress transmission and save lives. These measures have been successful in slowing the spread of the virus. But they have not completely stopped it. Some countries are now experiencing a resurgence of cases as they start to re-open their economies and societies."
8. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"Time after time and country after country, what we have seen is this virus can be suppressed if the governments are serious about the thing, they have to do, their share, and if the community can do its share. So, while doing our best to find a vaccine, which is the right thing to do, our advice from WHO is: We should do everything we can using the tools we have at hand."
10. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"And with 10 million cases now and half a million deaths, unless we address the problems we have already identified as WHO, the lack of national unity and lack of global solidarity and the divided world, which is actually helping the virus to spread, as I said in my speech, the worst is yet to come."
12. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michael Ryan Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
"What you have to do is push the disease down to the lowest possible level. And communities have made a huge sacrifice for that to happen. They stayed at home. They stayed away from their families. They've contributed tremendously to suppressing infection. And what public health authorities have needed to do is to put in place the right public health surveillance in order to take advantage of that. So, as the restrictions are lifted, and as we see small clusters appear, the public health authorities can react quickly."
14. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical lead, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
"It can be increasingly difficult to apply this comprehensive approach as transmission increases but it's not one activity alone. It is not contact tracing alone, it is not case finding alone, it is not physical distancing alone. You've heard the Director-General, you've heard us say this all the time but it's worth repeating because there tends to be a focus on a particular intervention, but it needs to be all of the above."
16. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that. And we hope that that will lead into, you know, understanding how the virus started and what we can do for the future to prepare."
18. Wide shot, WHO officials at press conference

STORYLINE:

WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said the COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of humanity, and stressed, "We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is: This is not even close to being over."

Tedros said, six months ago, no one could have imagined “how our world – and our lives – would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus.” He said, “With 10 million cases now and half a million deaths, unless we address the problems we have already identified as WHO, the lack of national unity and lack of global solidarity and the divided world, which is actually helping the virus to spread, as I said in my speech, the worst is yet to come."

The WHO chief said the in the coming months countries must face the critical question of “how to live with this virus” as the “new normal.” He said many countries implemented “unprecedented” measures to suppress transmission, which slowed the spread of the virus but did not end it.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"Time after time and country after country, what we have seen is this virus can be suppressed if the governments are serious about the thing, they have to do, their share, and if the community can do its share. So, while doing our best to find a vaccine, which is the right thing to do, our advice from WHO is: We should do everything we can using the tools we have at hand."

Michael Ryan Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, said the disease must be pushed down to the lowest possible level. He said communities have made “a huge sacrifice for that to happen,” adding that public health authorities must put in place the right surveillance measures to take advantage of that and react quickly to any small cluster that appears.

WHO’s COVID-19 Technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said it could be increasingly difficult to apply a comprehensive approach as transmission increases “but it's not one activity alone.” She said, “It is not contact tracing alone, it is not case finding alone, it is not physical distancing alone. You've heard the Director-General, you've heard us say this all the time but it's worth repeating because there tends to be a focus on a particular intervention, but it needs to be all of the above."

Tedros said WHO will sending a team to China next week in hopes of “understanding how the virus started and what we can do for the future to prepare."
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