The Sochi Games, the Winter Olympics and the Paralympics are coming together at a time when a host of international issues are on the agenda: the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, a looming war in Syria and a potentially devastating pandemic that could be unleashed on Europe.
But one issue that has not been discussed at the IOC meetings, which will run from Dec. 5-11 in St. Petersburg, is the potential for an outbreak of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
It is still unclear how many people are infected in the U.S. and how many are still recovering.
The IOC, which meets for the first time since the coronas outbreak began in June, has said the U,S.
government, health agencies and the private sector are working to find a vaccine, but a public health response has been limited by the outbreak.
“The main focus of the IOC in terms of the response will be to develop a vaccine,” IOC vice president Tod Leiweke said Monday.
“We will take whatever measures are necessary.”
As the coronaves outbreak has become more public, the IOC has taken a harder line.
Officials have said the virus is spreading by the thousands and that the coronave vaccines currently being tested by the U., U.K. and Germany are inadequate.
The U.N. and WHO have warned that the virus could be transmitted to U.s. travelers, as well as to those who have already traveled abroad.
WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan said on Tuesday that the U to U outbreak could be linked to a vaccine produced by Sanofi Pasteur, which is a partner of Pfizer, the U’s largest drugmaker.
“It is important that we get the virus out into the community and into the general population,” Chan said.
“That’s the most important thing.”
The U., UK and Germany all say the virus has not affected their health systems, but Chan said they were concerned about the possibility of a pandemic in the region.
“There are a lot of things that we have to do to be sure that we are ready to respond, that we know how to prepare,” she said.
As of late Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) had received 1,547 reports of COVID and 615 deaths, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The most common symptoms are fever, cough and sore throat, and the virus can also cause pneumonia.
The virus can spread rapidly in hot and humid climates, as can a virus that can be spread through contact with infected animals or humans.
WHO has said that the global outbreak is expected to last up to five years, but that the number of cases is likely to rise and the number infected could rise as well.
On Wednesday, the WHO issued a statement saying that the agency has seen no new cases of COFFV-19 in the last two weeks.
The World Health Assembly will meet later in the day in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the situation.
The United States has said it is working to help Europe cope with the virus and said that it has received more than 30,000 cases of the virus.
“At the moment, we are very worried about the situation in Europe and our efforts are focused on keeping the countries where we do have cases safe and managing the transmission,” U.A.E. Secretary-General Luba Samatar said Tuesday.
“In the meantime, we have received several requests from countries that are affected in Europe to have people with symptoms and tests, so we are getting those tests.”