The 2-day forum was held at the World Health Organization’s Geneva headquarters. Over 300 scientists and researchers with many different backgrounds of study, helped address the current level and knowledge of the COVID-19 Disease (coronavirus). This includes, ways to collaborate and fund priority research to help stop this outbreak and prepare for the future. In collaboration with the GloPID-R (Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness) had numerous professions from many different expertise to discuss all aspects of the outbreak and possible ways to control it. This includes:
-Origins of the virus (history), transmission and diagnosis
-environmental & animal research on the origin of the virus with how to manage it
-infection prevention and control, including best ways to keep health care workers protected
“This outbreak is a test of solidarity — political, financial and scientific. We need to come together to fight a common enemy that does not respect borders, ensure that we have the resources necessary to bring this outbreak to an end and bring our best science to the forefront to find shared answers to shared problems. Research is an integral part of the outbreak response,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “I appreciate the positive response of the research community to join us at short notice and come up with concrete plans and commitment to work together.”
Global priorities have been agreed upon, constant documentation of scientific interactions and collaborations beyond the meeting are to be coordinated and facilitated by WHO.