The U.S. Counselor visited Wuhan Institute of Virology, CAS
On March 27th, Mr. Rick Switzer, Counselor of Environment, Science, Technology and Health Section of Embassy of the United States in China, accompanied by the U.S. Consul General in Wuhan, Mr. Jamison Fouss, visited Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Prof. Yanyi WANG, the Deputy Director General of the WIV, met with the U.S. delegation. Prof. Zhengli SHI, Director of Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases and Deputy Director of Wuhan P4 Laboratory, and Prof. Zhihong HU, Director of Center for Bacteria and Virus Resources and Application, participated the meeting.
Prof Yanyi WANG extended a warm welcome on behalf of the Institute. She pointed out that for a long time the American scientific research institution is one of the major strategic partners that WIV continues to carry out international cooperation with. The Institute has established close cooperation with a number of well-known U.S. organizations including the National Science Foundation, the EcoHealth Alliance, University of Texas Medical Branch, and the Galveston National Laboratory, and has achieved a series of academic exchanges.
Mr. Switzer said that this time he came to WIV, and discussed with the institute's colleagues in depth to enhance consensus, and understand demands from both sides. He hopes that with the efforts of both parties, cooperation and exchanges in the field of health will proceed smoothly. Mr. Fouss emphasized that the work focus of the U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan will further point to cooperation in the medical and health field in the future, and the relevant departments will also invest more support in promoting the development. He believes that both parties will continue to achieve more and greater achievements in cooperation in related fields.
Afterwards, the participants discussed in depth the issues of the two sides in terms of development needs, their own advantages, project cooperation and promotion plans.