"We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, an animal, an individual or group of people, and which is also pronounceable and related to the disease", said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus when he announced the name in Geneva.
"Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Tedros said during a press conference.
World Health Organization has engaged network of country representatives, as well as the United Nations resident coordinators in countries, to brief them on the outbreak and inform them about the steps they can take.More news: Potential Banksy artwork appears in Bristol in time for Valentine’s Day
Because of this, the WHO chief said the rest of the world has been given "a window of opportunity to prepare".
At the end of a two-day meeting on research and innovation into measures to tackle the new viral outbreak, Tedros welcomed the energy and enthusiasm of scientists starting work.
Tedros reiterated the need to use available resources to curb the virus while waiting for the vaccine. There are many basic public health interventions that are available to us now, and which can prevent infections now. The number "19" represents the year of 2019 when the first cases were reported on December 31 in Wuhan, China.More news: People are loving Taylor Swift's new documentary and song
"With regards to the global team, I believe we will have United States experts on that team", Ryan told reporters.
Ghebreyesus said China gave World Health Organization this opportunity as the majority of the cases are found in the country.
"WHO has sent supplies to countries to diagnose and treat patients and protect health workers". The WHO is, meanwhile, working on measures to prevent any further spread of coronavirus.More news: Amazon wins suspension of $10 bn 'JEDI' contract to Microsoft