The World Health Organization (WHO) today, in another split decision, held off on declaring a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) in response to China’s novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, as lockdowns were ordered for five more Chinese cities, part of an unprecedented step to slow the spread of the virus.

And to jump-start the development of vaccines and drugs against 2019-nCoV, CEPI announced a major push to develop vaccines, alongside news that cases in China soared past 600 and that Singapore and Vietnam have reported their first cases.

WHO experts offer first look at key epi data

 

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