The World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a team of scientists for a new pandemic committee, including the German virologist Christian Drosten. The 26-strong group of experts aims to create a global framework for research into emerging pathogens with epidemic and pandemic potential, such as the WHO announced on Wednesday.
In addition, the scientists should press ahead with the stalled investigation into the origin of the coronavirus. In addition to the coronavirus, more and more highly dangerous pathogens have appeared in recent years, including the Mers virus and various bird flu viruses. That’s why she had WHO it was announced at the beginning of the year that it would create a scientific advisory group for the development of novel pathogens (SAGO).
Understand where the pathogens come from
“The emergence of new viruses with pandemic or epidemic potential is a fact of nature. Sars-CoV-2 is the youngest virus of its kind, but it will not be the last,” said WHO-Chef Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus am Mittwoch.
Understanding where new pathogens come from is essential to preventing new outbreaks and requires “a wide range of expertise”.
The 26 proposed members were selected from 700 applications. In addition to Drosten, there are also scientists involved in the WHO-Mission to research the origin of corona in China were there.