At 7:30 p.m. on March 27, at the request of Professor David Langer from Northwell Medical Group in New York, a trans-Pacific ocean video conference was delivered between Wuhan in China and multiple locations in the U.S. The National COVID-19 Expert Team members from the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi 'an Jiaotong University (XJTU) sent to Wuhan delivered academic exchanges with 88 physicians, nurses and administrative leaders from Northwell Medical Group, Select Medical Group, HCA Medical Group, Cortec Group, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, Medical School of Columbia University and Medical College of University of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Among them, Mr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA Commissioner, Mr. Charles Gressle, CEO of HCA Medical Group, and Mr. Michael Satow, founder of JDS Therapeutics Group attended the video connection. Shi Bingyin, President of our hospital expressed sincere concerns about the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S. and around the globe and then briefly introduced China's experience regarding the prevention and contain of the spreading of COVID-19 to the U.S. counterparts. Subsequently, Assistant-to-President Han Jianfeng, Professor Zhang Chengsheng, Professor Shi Qindong, Professor Shi Zhihong, Professor Teng Yan and Professor Fan Lin shared their opinions and experience on the issues of concern and delivered warm discussions with the U.S. experts.
The National Medical Team members from our hospital sent to Wuhan have been fighting against the COVID-19 on the front line for more than 50 days and have accumulated abundant experience in the management of COVID-19 patients and the emergent treatment of critically ill patients.
President Shi Bingyin added that public health safety is a common challenge confronting the mankind. No country can be unaffected under the circumstances of major public health events. The coronavirus can spread across national borders. We will continually maintain close contact with the U.S. counterparts and share all the information and experience on the prevention and control of COVID-19, hoping that the U.S. experts can adopt the most efficient tactics to defeat the COVID-19 epidemic very soon.
Dr. David Langer expressed gratitude to the expert team from our hospital, adding that a series of prevention and treatment strategies for COVID-19 shared by the Chinese counterparts play a significant role at this critical time when the COVID-19 epidemic is raging throughout the U.S., setting a good example on tackling the epidemic for the U.S. experts. He expected to learn more from the Chinese counterparts.