UN COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force
The UN COVID-19 Supply Task Force is a task force set up by the United Nations to coordinate the procurement and distribution of personal protective equipment, diagnostic tests and oxygen to countries with overstretched healthcare systems. This initiative will be run by the World Health Organization and the World Food Programme, along with the multiple partners of United Nations. The hubs of this supply chain system will be located in China, Belgium, Ethiopia, Panama, Malaysia, Ghana, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. According to the WHO, the supply chain may need to cover more than 30% of the world's needs in the acute phase of the pandemic. WHO announced that the World Food Programme will need to deploy eight 747 aircraft, eight medium-sized cargo aircraft and several smaller passenger planes to move the equipment and staff.
- "WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 - 10 April 2020". www.who.int.
- "COVID-19: WHO inaugurates supply chain task force". Healthwise. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).