Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version)


COVID-19; public health; disease control and prevention; system

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The COVID-19 epidemic in 2020 is an emergency public health event rapidly spreading and hard to prevent and control, causing catastrophic loss of life and almost paralyzing the society. In the absence of specific antiviral drugs and vaccines, China has effectively curbed the spread of COVID-19 by taking non-medical intervention actions decisively and precisely, with the multidepartmental collaborations and involvement of all communities and individuals. However, in the process of combating the epidemic, problems and shortcomings have also been clearly shown in the disease control system and the emergency response system. This review tried to address the weaknesses and issues presented in the COVID-19 epidemic regarding the current system of disease prevention and control, laws and regulations related to public health, and public health emergency management. Also, detailed recommendations were made, including the reform of the CDC system, the development of science and technology, as well as the boost of public health professionals training.

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