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Since 2 January 2020, the three levels of WHO (China country office, Regional Office for the Western Pacific and headquarters) have been working together to respond to this outbreak of COVID-19. On 30 January, WHO declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). On 11 March, WHO Director General characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. We are bringing together resources from across the Organization to deliver the following: Increasing understanding of the disease: WHO is constantly analysing data as we receive it and working closely with global experts on a range of topics. WHO is proposing specific studies to better understand transmission, risk factors, and the source of the infection. Communicating with the public on how to protect themselves and others, especially the vulnerable and those at highest risk. Keeping countries and the general public informed: Providing updated information through the International Health Regulations (2005), daily situation reports and dashboards displaying real-time data. Coordinating with partners: WHO is working with our network of partners including other UN and development agencies, Emergency Medical Teams, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and donor agencies. Helping countries prepare: WHO is working closely with countries to help them prepare for the rapid detection and response to cases, clusters and community transmission including sending supplies, providing technical expertise and training.