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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).


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,”.


“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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