|MFA Sets up Emergency Response Center to Prevent the Risk of Importation of COVID-19|
On 8 March, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) officially set up an emergency response center to better coordinate foreign-related epidemic response efforts and pool resources to prevent the risk of importation of COVID-19. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other principal officials of the MFA attended the inauguration ceremony.
The center will act on the decisions of the Central Leading Group on Responding to the Novel Coronavirus Disease Outbreak and the plans adopted by the State Council inter-agency task force. The center will operate around the clock to collect and analyze information and data, communicate and coordinate with competent departments and local governments, and provide guidance to China's missions overseas to prevent the importation of infections. The center will also facilitate the full implementation of relevant travel guidance, coordinate screening and quarantine measures for overseas arrivals, and where necessary, seek the establishment of bilateral and multilateral response mechanisms as part of a joint response against cross-border transmission. In addition, the center will also step up consular protection, help Chinese nationals overseas protect themselves against the virus and effectively safeguard their legitimate rights and interests.
Wang Yi urges everyone at the center to work with a great sense of political mission and responsibility and contribute to solidifying the hard-won epidemic control results at home and to the final and complete victory against the outbreak at an early date.