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Premier urges vaccine, medicine development against epidemic

Updated: Jan 31,2020 07:19 AM    Xinhua
Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of a leading group of the CPC Central Committee on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, disinfects hands before he enters a lab at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Beijing, capital of China, on Jan 30, 2020. Premier Li learned about the scientific research on epidemic prevention and control and listened to opinions of medical experts while inspecting the CDC. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Premier Li Keqiang stressed speeding up the development of vaccine and medicine against pneumonia caused by a novel coronavirus on Jan 30.

Premier Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of a leading group of the CPC Central Committee on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, made the remarks while inspecting the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

He learned about the scientific research on epidemic prevention and control at the CDC and listened to opinions of medical experts.

Disease control institutions should race against time to discover the source and transmission mechanism of the novel coronavirus, research on vaccine development, and provide technological support for improving diagnosis and treatment, said Premier Li.

Noting that the situation remains grim and complex, Premier Li hoped the experts will strengthen research and evaluation on the trend of the epidemic, and discover new conditions of the disease to support targeted control of the pneumonia.

While demanding the scientific distribution and use of preventive resources, Premier Li also required transparent report of epidemic information.

Stressing that the key to winning the battle against the epidemic is to improve the treatment effect and reduce the mortality, Premier Li said vaccines and effective drugs are powerful remedies to the epidemic.

Premier Li called for joint research efforts of multidisciplinary experts to expedite the development of easy testing kits, vaccines and effective drugs to fight the novel coronavirus.

He stressed reliance on scientific measures to overcome the epidemic.

Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of a leading group of the CPC Central Committee on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, learns about the progress of scientific research at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Beijing, capital of China, on Jan 30, 2020. Premier Li learned about the scientific research on epidemic prevention and control and listened to opinions of medical experts while inspecting the CDC. [Photo/Xinhua]
Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of a leading group of the CPC Central Committee on the prevention and control of the novel coronavirus outbreak, talks with Chinese renowned respiratory scientist Zhong Nanshan at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Beijing, capital of China, on Jan 30, 2020. Premier Li learned about the scientific research on epidemic prevention and control and listened to opinions of medical experts while inspecting the CDC. [Photo/Xinhua]

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