January 26, 2020 / 5:46 PM / in 2 months

WHO chief says he is on way to China to confer on virus, boost response

Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a news conference following the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee for Pneumonia due to the Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV in Geneva, Switzerland January 23, 2020. Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization’s director-general said late on Sunday he was on his way to Beijing to confer with Chinese officials and health experts about the coronavirus outbreak.

In a tweet, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he wanted to “strengthen our partnership” with China “in providing further protection against the outbreak”. Chinese authorities say it has infected 2,051 people and killed 56.

The Geneva-based WHO also said editors of major scientific journals had agreed to share any papers about the new coronavirus with it before publication, with authors’ consent, and that this would help inform its assessment and guidance.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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