I don’t think anyone really expected the 15 experts that make up the new MERS emergency committee at the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a “public health emergency of international concern” today. And they didn’t. Instead they decided, that they needed more information and more time and that they would convene again on Wednesday, 17 July. Below is the short e-mail the WHO sent out after the meeting.
You can read why the committee was formed in a short piece I did on ScienceInsider and you can find the names of the 15 members here.
Summary Report of the IHR Emergency Committee on 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).