WHO Announces Commission to Investigate Origins of COVID-19 Pandemic

WHO Announces Commission to Investigate Origins of COVID-19 Pandemic

There will be a two-week public consultation period for the WHO to receive feedback on the proposed SAGO members and set in place modalities for its first meeting following the consultation period. “We are very pleased with the calibre of experts selected for SAGO from around the world, and look forward to working with them to make the world safer,” Tedros said. CORONAVIRUS IN THE US: STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN

“The emergence of new viruses with the potential to spark epidemics and pandemics is a fact of nature, and while SARS-CoV-2 is the latest such virus, it will not be the last,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said in a statement issued Wednesday. “Understanding where new pathogens come from is essential for preventing future outbreaks with epidemic and pandemic potential, and requires a broad range of expertise.” Overall, without a definitive conclusion as to how the virus made its way into the human population, the team, which comprised of international experts, had called for “a continued scientific and collaborative approach to be taken towards tracing the origins of COVID-19.”  

The WHO noted the dozens of proposed members were selected from a pool of over 700 applications. The 26 members have expertise in fields such as “epidemiology, animal health, ecology, clinical medicine, virology, genomics,” among others. COACHELLA WILL NO LONGER REQUIRE COVID VACCINE FOR ENTRY

The SAGO will provide “rapid advice” on the WHO’s operational plans to implement the next series of global studies into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, outlined in a March report. Last, the committee will provide any additional advice and support to the WHO, as requested by the WHO SAGO Secretariat, including participation in future WHO-international missions to study the origins of SARS-CoV-2 or other emerging pathogens. Reuters reported that the WHO launched the request for applications last August and September. In the context of the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the SAGO will provide the WHO Secretariat with an independent evaluation of all available scientific and technical findings from global studies and advise the WHO Secretariat regarding developing, monitoring and supporting the next series of related studies, the release reads. 

In addition, the committee will provide information and opinions to assist the WHO Secretariat in the development of a detailed work plan of the SAGO.  In its capacity as an advisory body to WHO, the SAGO will advise the organization on the development of a WHO global framework to define and guide studies into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential, as well as advise the WHO on prioritizing studies and field investigations into the subjects.

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