1. Description of CAST
As the largest non-governmental organization of scientific and technological professionals in China, the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) represents the country's science and technology community. Through its 210 national member societies and local branches all over the country, CAST maintains close ties with millions of Chinese scientists, engineers and other professionals working in the fields of science and technology.
Since its inauguration, CAST has made significant contributions to the prosperity and development of science and technology, to the popularization of science and technology among the public, to the emerging of large numbers of professional talents, and to the overall economic and social development in China.
CAST maintains cooperative relations with scientific and technological organizations of many countries and, as the representative of the Chinese science and technology community, is the national members of ICSU, WFEO and many other international scientific and technological organizations. In 2004, CAST was granted consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
2. CAST Response and ICT Contribution to Health and Well-being
Only a few hours after WHO announced the COVID-19 as PHEIC in the morning of 31 Jan. 2020 in Beijing time, we (CCIT/CCLH-CAST and IGSNRR/CAS) started the joint action to establish a platform on COVID-19 knowledge and database system based on the hub methodology. More than a hundred scientists and students participated the activities at home though online cooperation. 16 groups of the knowledge and data were identified. The radio reported on pandemic, vaccine, virus medicine, clinical medicine, Chinese medicine, new technology applications in China are also online. More than 16,000 computer IP users from 97 countries access these data and information.
(1) COVID-19 Knowledge & Data Hub
(2) China's Research on COVID-19 progress video reports