Alert, response, and capacity building under the International Health Regulations (IHR)

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan
9 July 2013

Cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported regularly to WHO since 2012. In order to take an independent expert view of the situation and to be prepared for any further action, should it be required, the Director-General convened a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee. The Emergency Committee is composed of international experts from a variety of relevant disciplines and all Regions of WHO, their task is to provide expert technical advice to the Director-General in accordance with the IHR (2005).1

The first meeting of the Committee was held on Tuesday, 9 July 2013, from 12:00 to15:00 Geneva time (CET).

After reviewing data on the current situation provided by the Secretariat, and information presented to the Committee by officials of several States Parties which have, or have had, cases of MERS-CoV, and after further deliberation, the Committee considered that additional information was needed in a number of areas.

The Committee also considered it needed time for further discussion and consideration. In this regard, it noted that a second Committee meeting is set to be held Wednesday, 17 July 2013, at 12:00 Geneva time (CET).


1 The names and affiliations of the Members of the Emergency Committee are on the WHO website at http://www.who.int/ihr/procedures/emerg_comm_members_2013/en/index.html

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