At 10 am on February 19th (Beijing time), the second video conference of the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Scientific Research Team established by the Guangzhou Respiratory Health Institute, Harvard University and Evergrande Group was held in Guangzhou. And the three research teams conducted more than 2 hours of exchange discussions on the rapid detection and diagnosis of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia, clinical treatment, drug screening and vaccine research. Chen Xuting, a CCTV reporter, conducted an exclusive interview with academician Zhong Nanshan after the meeting.
Question from Chen Xuting: At present, the preventive and control measures taken by our country, including Wuhan ’s closure of the city and successive launches of first-level responses across the country. How do foreign colleagues evaluate on those measures?
国家卫健委高级别专家组组长 中国工程院院士 钟南山：从现有的我们最近的表现看，这十几天没有增加病情，除了武汉现在打平了，也在慢慢改善。他们评价是很高的。因为他们都认为只有中国才能干这个，因为有哪个国家中央的政府有这样的一个高度的组织性、能够动员全国的老百姓这么做？所以使得它的甚至病情的预测都有很大的改变。
Zhong Nanshan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the leader of the high-level expert group of the National Health and Medical Commission: Judging from the recent performance, the disease has not increased in the past ten days. In addition to Wuhan, which is now steady, the situation is slowly improving in other places. The foreign colleagues rated it highly. Because they all think that only China can do this, and no other countries’ central government has such a high degree of organization and can mobilize ordinary people across the country to do so? Therefore, even the prediction of its condition has changed greatly.
The Novel Coronavirus is an infectious disease not only related to Chinese people but all human beings in the world. Therefore, we need the whole world to solve many problems together, because different countries have different strengths to solve them. I am afraid that this is also the wish of most scientific and technological personnel. Because of this, the discussion with them was very active and now they are still discussing with us although it has been lasting 2 hours. The foreign scientists I have contacted are very friendly and hope to solve this problem. It is not only a matter for the Chinese, but also a matter for the whole world, because their countries are also affected.