On April 8, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian presided over a regular press conference.

  A reporter asked, the WHO's official website recently released the "WHO Expert Evaluation Meeting on the Treatment of New Coronary Pneumonia with Traditional Chinese Medicine". Consider the possibility of using Chinese medicine to treat COVID-19 within the healthcare system and regulatory framework.

What is China's comment?

  Zhao Lijian said, I have noticed the relevant report.

Since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, traditional Chinese medicine has fully and deeply participated in the prevention and treatment of the epidemic in China, and the application of traditional Chinese medicine and the combination of traditional Chinese and western medicine has achieved remarkable results.

As pointed out in this WHO report, the use of traditional Chinese medicine is beneficial to reduce the risk of mild or common cases becoming severe; for mild and common cases, compared with simple conventional treatment, traditional Chinese medicine is used as an additional intervention. , can shorten the virus clearance time, clinical symptom relief time and hospitalization time; early use of traditional Chinese medicine can improve the clinical prognosis of patients with mild and common new coronary pneumonia.

  Traditional Chinese medicine is the treasure of the Chinese nation and the wealth of the people of the world.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, China has actively contributed traditional Chinese medicine to overseas anti-epidemic efforts.

According to incomplete statistics, so far, China has introduced TCM diagnosis and treatment plans to more than 150 countries and regions, provided TCM products to more than 10 countries and regions in need, and sent TCM experts to 29 countries and regions to help guide the fight against the epidemic. .

In March last year, China held the "International Cooperation Forum on Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Fight against the New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic", where dignitaries, government officials, WHO representatives and experts from 28 countries and regions had in-depth exchanges via video link.

The forum also adopted the "Initiative to Support Chinese Medicine's Participation in Global Epidemic Prevention and Control".

Not long ago, China released the "Development Plan for Promoting the High-quality Integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine into the Belt and Road Initiative (2021-2025)".

The plan proposes that during the "14th Five-Year Plan" period, China will cooperate with the "Belt and Road" countries to build 30 high-quality overseas Chinese medicine centers, and provide high-quality traditional Chinese medicine services to the people of the "Belt and Road" countries.

  China has spared no effort to fight against the new crown pneumonia epidemic side by side with the people of the world; China has no reservations about sharing the experience of traditional Chinese medicine prevention and treatment with the people of the world.

We are pleased to see that more and more countries have recognized the value of traditional Chinese medicine.

The clear affirmation of the anti-epidemic effect of traditional Chinese medicine in the report of the WHO expert assessment meeting is a microcosm of the growing international recognition of traditional Chinese medicine.

Looking forward to the future, China is willing to continue to work with other countries and the World Health Organization to give full play to the unique advantages and roles of traditional medicine such as traditional Chinese medicine, deepen exchanges and cooperation in the field of traditional medicine, and continue to promote international cooperation in epidemic prevention and control, so as to protect the lives and health of people in all countries. make your own contribution.

(Making Yueziyan)

Responsible editor: [Chen Haifeng]