The goal of the mission, according to the WHO chief, is to quickly provide information about the next steps in the novel coronavirus response and the state of preparedness to fight the disease in China and across the world.
"It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks", World Health Organization director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference.
Ryan was also quoted by CNN as saying that the WHO was working with Chinese health authorities to implement further clinical trials. "It also gives us a standard format to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks".
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.
"The main outcome we expect from this meeting is not immediate answers to every question", Tedros said.
"It's also important to remember that while we need investment in research and development, we also need investment in stopping this outbreak now".
These include decisions surrounding easy to apply diagnostics, the best approaches for infection prevention, potential therapies that could be used to treat patients, existing vaccine candidates and how to accelerate them, and what Tedros described as the "infodemic" - the overwhelming quantity of information, being produced and disseminated worldwide.
"Just over 400 cases have been reported in 24 other countries, and this is remarkably small compared to the numbers in China", he said. And we're keeping the public informed about what everyone can do to protect their own health and that of others.