China says it immediately alerted the WHO of the coronavirus outbreak

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus looks on during a press conference following an emergency talks over the new SARS-like virus spreading in China and other nations in Geneva on January 22, 2020. - The coronavirus has sparked alarm because of its similarity to the outbreak of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) that killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-03. (Photo by PIERRE ALBOUY / AFP) (Photo by PIERRE ALBOUY/AFP via Getty Images)

China says it immediately notified the World Health Organization and other relevant parties of the coronavirus outbreak, according to news reports. China’s Council Information Office, in a report, stated: “China immediately notified the World Health Organization and relevant countries and regional organizations of the outbreak.”

According to the report, China “shared the whole genome sequence and specific primers and probes for detection of COVID-19, and regularly notified the World Health Organization and relevant countries with Epidemic information.”

Meanwhile, China’s Science and Technology Minister said his country will strengthen international cooperation in future Covid-19 clinical vaccine trials, building on earlier collaboration in vaccine development.

China’s Science and Technology Minister said his country will strengthen international cooperation in future Covid-19 clinical vaccine trials, building on earlier collaboration in vaccine development.

The minister said China is making all efforts in the global scramble to develop a vaccine for the new coronavirus epidemic that began in its central city of Wuhan, with Chinese researchers conducting five separate clinical trials on humans, or half of all such trials globally, according to the data compiled by the WHO.

China has been criticized by other countries for allegedly withholding information about the outbreak in its early days.

The report also outlines that the National Health Commission “preliminarily confirmed that the novel coronavirus was the pathogen of the epidemic” on January 8, and the Chinese government has been updating the WHO daily since January 11, sharing the genome sequence with the WHO on the following day, January 12.