MINSK, 25 February (BelTA) – The Coordinating Council on the Sanitary Protection of Territories of the CIS Member States from the Import and Spread of Particularly Dangerous Infectious Diseases held a videoconference on 24 February. The information about the meeting was posted on the website of the CIS Executive Committee with reference to the press service of Russia's Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being [Rospotrebnadzor] , BelTA informs.
Taking part in the meeting were members of the coordinating council from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Uzbekistan, representatives of the WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe), as well as permanent plenipotentiary representatives of the CIS states and the CIS Executive Committee.
“The participants of the meeting discussed the COVID-19 situation in the world and in the CIS countries, as well as measures taken to tackle the pandemic. In general, the CIS countries report a decline in new coronavirus cases, which was achieved thanks to mass testing, preventive measures and social distancing, as well as the start of the immunization program,” the press service said.
Taking into account the gradual resumption of cross-border travel, the participants of the meeting emphasized the importance of using advanced tools to minimize the risk of importing cases via international travel. One of such tools are mobile applications that allow transferring test results. Such solutions have already been successfully applied in Russia and a number of CIS countries.
Rospotrebnadzor updated the participants of the meeting on the progress in setting up a joint center with WHO to respond to public health emergencies, as well as the development of standards for mobile laboratories.
The next meeting of the coordinating council will take place in the second quarter of 2021.