China will reform its disease prevention and control system to address the weaknesses exposed by the coronavirus outbreak, a senior health official said on Saturday.
China was initially criticized at home and abroad as slowly reacting to the epidemic that broke out on a large scale for the first time in Wuhan. The virus has since spread worldwide, infecting almost 4 million people and killing almost a quarter of a million of the COVID-19 disease it causes.
"This coronavirus epidemic is a major test of our country's governance and ability to govern, and has highlighted weaknesses in addressing the major epidemic and public health systems," Li Bin, vice-minister of the China National Health Commission, told reporters.
The Commission intends to build a "centralized and efficient" chain of command and reform and to modernize the disease prevention and control system, he said.
The Commission also wants to make better use of big data, artificial intelligence and cloud computing to better analyze the disease, track down the virus and distribute resources.
He said the Commission plans to step up research into nuclear technology, improve health insurance and better ensure the availability of emergency materials.
China has seen no new coronavirus deaths in 24 days.
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