During a press conference on Sept. 25, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said that a Tokyo version of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which will serve as the command center for measures against new coronavirus, will be named “Tokyo iCDC.” It will open on Oct. 1 to take measures against cluster infections at medical institutions as well as collecting, sharing, investigating, and analyzing information on the status of infections.
The iCDC will be headed by Kazuo Shiyake, director of the health crisis management unit of the Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health. It will be primarily run by about 80 staff members of the bureau’s infectious disease response unit and cooperate with medical institutions in Tokyo and the Tokyo Medical Association as well as municipal public health centers.
The metropolitan government will also establish an “expert board” comprising doctors and other experts at the iCDC, and ask the board to make policy proposals. The board will be led by Mitsuo Kaku, a specially appointed professor at Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University. He will also be appointed as an advisor to the metropolitan government as of Oct. 1.
As for the name of iCDC, Koike said: “We included an ‘i’ because the iCDC targets infectious diseases.” The establishment of a Tokyo version of the CDC was proposed by the Tokyo Medical Association and was advocated by Koike as the centerpiece of her campaign pledges in the gubernatorial election in July.