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Weekly Contemporary Developments

February, 2020

  • WHO chief says first vaccine for novel coronavirus could be available in 18 months
    World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General TedrosAdhanomGhebreyesus said on Tuesday that the first vaccines for the novel coronavirus could be ready in 18 months. In the meantime, he tweeted, "there's a lot we can do to prevent transmission and prepare for any further spread." (Global Times, China, February 12, 2020)
  • China adopts multiple measures to ensure economic stability amid novel coronavirus epidemic
    Relevant government departments in China have taken multiple measures to increase supply, guarantee distribution channels, and stabilize market order to offset the impact of the current novel coronavirus epidemic on the economy, officials said at a press conference held by China’s State Council Information Office on Feb.3. (People’s Daily, China, February 5, 2020)
  • China firmly opposes Pompeo's groundless accusation of COVID-19 control: spokesperson
    "Since Mr. Pompeo talks about freedom of speech so much, would he care to explain why he cursed at an NPR journalist? Why was the journalist denied press credentials to travel with him? Is that Mr. Pompeo's definition of 'freedom of speech'? I think it's typical discourse monopoly and double standards," said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson. (People’s Daily, China, February 27, 2020)
  • Chinese envoy urges int'l community to safeguard existing multilateral arms control mechanisms
    A Chinese envoy on Wednesday called on the international community to safeguard the existing multilateral arms control and disarmament mechanisms, and oppose treaty withdrawals and violations. (People’s Daily, China, February 27, 2020)