By the time the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency on January 30, UNICEF had already rushed the first shipment of 6 metric tons of medical supplies to aid response efforts. UNICEF is working closely with WHO and partners for a coordinated multi-sectoral response in affected countries.
Respiratory masks, protective suits and other badly needed supplies flown from UNICEF's warehouse in Copenhagen are protecting health workers on the front lines and helping to contain the virus. More supplies are set to be delivered where they are needed most in the coming days and weeks.
"The coronavirus is spreading at a breakneck speed and it is important to put all the necessary resources into halting it," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "We may not know enough about the virus's impact on children or how many may be affected — but we do know that close monitoring and prevention are key. Time is not on our side."
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