Shanghai vows to build world-class public health system

A health researcher shows a program, newly launched by Shanghai East Hospital of Tongji University and Stermirna Therapeutics Co, to develop an mRNA vaccine targeting the novel coronavirus, in Shanghai, Jan 29, 2020. (Photo: Xinhua)

Shanghai aims to establish itself as a metropolis guarded by a world-class public health care system, according to the municipal government.

During a high-level video conference on public health on Tuesday, Shanghai rolled out new regulations to improve its epidemic prevention mechanism and public health emergency management system.

A package of measures is scheduled to be implemented, including setting up a major public health and safety senior expert committee, building the Shanghai public health emergency command center, initiating a public health monitoring and early warning system, developing a plan to convert large public facilities into emergency treatment facilities, as well as applying 5G and blockchain technologies in the field of public health.

Shanghai intends to become one of the safest cities in the world in terms of public health by 2025, according to Shanghai government officials.