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New WHO team could be ‘last chance’ in finding origins of Covid-19

A new World Health Organisation (WHO) team may be the last chance in finding the origins of the Covid-19 virus.

The WHO nominated 26 health experts to join the Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO).

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The group, which will be investigating new pathogens and preventing future pandemics, will be investigating the SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19.

There has also been an increasing number of high-risk pathogens which have reappeared in recent years, including bird flu viruses, MERS, Lassa, Marburg and Ebola.

In relation to this recent emergence, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated, “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,”.

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“Understanding where new pathogens come from is essential for preventing future outbreaks.”

The 26 members from the group that were nominated by the WHO were chosen from a field of over 700 applications and come from a number of different scientific disciplines.

IMAGE – “Switzerland China Virus Outbreak” (Public Domain) by brucedetorres@gmail.com

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