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			PubMed Journals: Biosci Trends

  Source:		PMID: 32062645


    		Biosci Trends. 2020 Feb 17. doi:
     		10.5582/bst.2020.01043. [Epub ahead of print]

			Challenges to the system of reserve medical
			supplies for public health emergencies:
			reflections on the outbreak of the
			severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus
			2 (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic in China.

			Wang X(1), Zhang X(1), He J(1).

			Author Information
			(1) Department of Health Policy Research,
			Shanghai Health Development Research Center
			(Shanghai Medical Information Center),
			Shanghai, China.

			On December 31, 2019, the Wuhan Municipal
			Health Commission announced an outbreak of
			severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus
			2 (SARS-CoV-2), China is now at a critical
			period in the control of the epidemic. The
			Chinese Government has been taking a series
			of rapid, comprehensive, and effective
			prevention and control measures. As the
			pandemic has developed, a fact has become
			apparent: there is a serious dearth of
			emergency medical supplies, and especially an
			extreme shortage of personal protective
			equipment such as masks and medical
			protective clothing. This is one of the major
			factors affecting the progress of epidemic
			prevention and control. Although China has
			made great efforts to strengthen the ability to
			quickly respond to public health emergencies
			since the SARS outbreak in 2003 and it has
			clarified requirements for emergency supplies
			through legislation, the emergency reserve
			supplies program has not been effectively
			implemented, and there are also deficiencies in
			the types, quantity, and availability of
			emergency medical supplies. A sound system
			of emergency reserve supplies is crucial to the
			management of public health emergencies.
			Based on international experiences with
			pandemic control, the world should emphasize
			improving the system of emergency reserve
			medical supplies in the process of establishing
			and improving public health emergency
			response systems, and it should promote the
			establishment of international cooperative
			programs to jointly deal with public health
			emergencies of international concern in the
			future.

			DOI: 10.5582/bst.2020.01043
			PMID: 32062645

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