WHO sets up new body to fight pandemics

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It is proposed to include one of the main German virologists Christian Dorsten in the composition of the new body. Experts will develop a global framework for studying the causative agents of emerging diseases that could cause a pandemic.

WHO sets up new body to fight pandemics

The new group will include the German virologist Christian Drosten

The World Health Organization (WHO) has initiated the creation of a new expert group on pandemic control and has proposed the inclusion of one of the main German virologists Christian Dorsten. A new team of 26 experts will develop a global framework for investigating new pathogens that could cause epidemics and pandemics, the WHO said in a statement released Wednesday, October 13. Scientists will also resume a deadlocked investigation into the origins of the current coronavirus pandemic.

In recent years, in addition to SARS-CoV-2, more and more pathogens of dangerous diseases, such as the MERS virus and viruses of various types of avian influenza, have appeared in the world. Therefore, at the beginning of the year, WHO announced its intention to create an advisory group on emerging pathogens (SAGO).

Preventing new pandemics

“The emergence of more and more viruses with pandemic and epidemiological potential is a natural phenomenon. SARS-CoV-2 is another virus of this kind, but far from the last,” said WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stressing that without understanding how new pathogens appear diseases will not be possible to prevent new outbreaks.

26 experts, who will serve on the new WHO body, were selected from 700 nominations. In addition to Drosten, it will also include scientists who, as part of the WHO mission, investigated the origins of SARS-CoV-2 in China.

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Author: Sergey Romashenko

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