By the end of 2020, the world was experiencing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and facing a dire global prevention and control situation.
Pandemic Prevention and Control Online Conference in China
With the aim of sharing the valuable experience accumulated by China in dealing with the pandemic, on December 15, 2020, the 2020 Sichuan-Israel COVID-19 Pandemic Prevention and Control Online Conference was co-hosted by the Sichuan International Medical Exchange and Promotion Association (SCIMEA), the Consulate General of Israel in Chengdu, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Sheba Medical Center, and the Economic and Trade Mission of Israel to Southwest China.
During the conference, experts from both sides shared their experiences as part of the fight against COVID-19 and discussed the prevention and control of respiratory infectious diseases. Keynote speeches covered innovative technologies in prevention, control, diagnosis, and treatment under the pandemic, and outlined Sheba’s innovative solutions, including the use of telemedicine. This was followed by a B2B session, which allowed Israeli enterprises and Chinese counterparts to interact directly.
The conference also marked the online signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between WCH, Sichuan University, and Sheba: the culmination of several prior meetings and an important step for China-Israel healthcare cooperation.
The MOU laid the groundwork for cooperation in medical services, physician education and training, research collaborations, faculty exchange visits, scientific endeavors, nursing, and other technical support staff training.
Following the signing, Yoel Har-Even, Head of Sheba Global, commented: “The Jewish people and China have an illustrious history of mutual respect. This MOU with West China Hospital is a tremendous challenge and opportunity to work together, sharing vital information, not just about COVID-19, but many other maladies that impact our societies. This agreement will also enable us to move forward to offer solutions, research and training on a wide range of medical and healthcare issues, highlighted by Sheba’s usage of game-changing, innovative technologies that will offer hope without boundaries to China and other nations around the globe.”