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Coronavirus: How could it be stopped? – BBC Newsnight

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World Today
World Today
22 Feb 2020

The first European cases of Coronavirus are confirmed in France. How prepared would we be to deal with a global pandemic? Subscribe to our channel here: https://goo.gl/31Q53F

Cases of Coronavirus have now been confirmed in Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, the US and France, after the virus began in China. In a globalised world, how might such an outbreak be contained?

We’ve had similar scares before, with SARS in 2003, bird flu in 2006, swine flu in 2009, and even Ebola and Zika. What are the plans in place to act against a major threat?

The World Health Organization has said it's too early to term the outbreak of coronavirus an international public health emergency.

It also doesn't fulfil the criteria for a pandemic, which is a spread worldwide of a new disease.

Ben Chu reports, and Katie speaks to Tom Inglesby, Director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University.

Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.

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