Chair's message of 30 January 2020 to Ambassador Zhang Ming on coronavirus

Your Excellency, dear Ambassador Zhang,

I wish to express my heartfelt sympathy to the Chinese people, in particular those from Wuhan, in the present coronavirus crisis. My sympathy goes out to those who are infected and fight for their lives, to those who already lost loved ones, and to everybody encountering hardships due to the restrictions imposed. That includes those who had to cancel their travel plans during the long-awaited Chinese New Year holidays and are worried about the safety of their families.

On the international level we will all agree that public health emergencies must be handled quickly, transparently, and without undue administrative or political considerations. The international community is certainly joining with China in the wish that researchers around the world will soon find a way to contain the virus and to help those infected.

My best regards,

Reinhard Bütikofer

Chair of the Delegation for Relations with the People's Republic of China