Chen Guoqiang, Dean of the Medical School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, led the school’s medical team in publishing, “Reflections on the Novel Coronavirus Infection” in the magazine Scientia Sinica Vitae. The article listed the following problems and shortcomings in China’s handling of the coronavirus:
- Didn’t report the national major public health epidemic promptly to the public; lacked plan to prevent and control the coronavirus at the early stage.
- The public health and disease prevention and control system does not match the need to support the scale of economic development
- The emergency response mechanism cannot respond to life-threatening, major public health emergencies
- Scientific and technological innovation is disconnected from solving clinical problems, lacks channel for data sharing, transformation, and utilization, and lacks laboratory with relative safety level
- Insufficient medical supplies and strategic reserves to respond to major public health emergency
- Some officials do not have specialized skills and the capability to make decisions
- There is a large deficiency in responding to the public’s sentiments regarding public health emergencies and in directing public opinion
- Need to improve the response mechanism on studying and responding to the “secondary disaster” after epidemic outbreak
- The ecological civilization concept is missing and wildlife market supervision is weak
- The general public’s civilized quality and scientific knowledge need to be improved urgently.
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Source: The Paper, February 24, 2020