WHO forms new expert panel to continue studies on Covid-19 origins – News Vibe24

    WHO forms new expert panel to continue studies on Covid-19 origins - Times of India
    GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the next step in finding the origin of Covid-19 will be to set up a new advisory team to develop a global framework for the study of pandemic pathogens.
    “The International Scientific Advisory Group on the Origin of New Pathogens (SAGO) is a new WHO advisory group, which will be responsible for advising the WHO on developing a global framework for the systematic study of the emergence of future emerging pathogens. pandemic potential. “For SARS-CoV-2, it will support the rapid undertaking of proposed studies outlined in the March 2021 report,” the WHO said in a statement on Thursday.
    The WHO last month proposed a second phase of studies on the origin of the coronavirus in China, including laboratory and market tests in Wuhan. Beijing, meanwhile, had rejected the WHO proposal.
    In a statement issued Thursday, the WHO called on all governments to depoliticize the situation.
    “To move forward, the WHO calls on all governments to depoliticize the situation and work together to expedite source studies and, above all, to work together to develop a common framework for future emerging pandemic pathogens,” the statement said.
    The WHO hoped that all countries, including China, could co-operate and create the conditions for more missions to Wuhan to properly investigate the “laboratory case”.
    The WHO declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. To date, more than 205 million people worldwide have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 4.3 million have died, according to Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
    The World Health Organization’s first investigation mission to Wuhan, China, where the first Covid-19 outbreak was reported in late 2019, released its report in March. A team of scientists led by the WHO tried to get a clear picture of the research carried out by China in advance, encountered limitations during its visit and did not have much power to conduct thorough and impartial research.

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