The World Health Organization (WHO) introduced 26 proposed members to an advisory committee aimed to steer research into the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic and different pathogens of epidemic potential.

The Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) marks the worldwide well being company’s newest try to unravel the beginnings of the coronavirus pandemic 9 months after sending consultants to China. In March, the WHO had launched its report on the origins of the coronavirus, with the analysis crew itemizing introduction by means of an middleman host adopted by zoonotic transmission as “likely to very likely” the foundation of preliminary unfold, and introduction by means of a laboratory incident as “extremely unlikely.”


Overall, and not using a definitive conclusion as to how the virus made its method into the human inhabitants, the crew, which comprised of worldwide consultants, had referred to as for “a continued scientific and collaborative approach to be taken towards tracing the origins of COVID-19.”  

“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,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, mentioned in a statement issued Wednesday. “Understanding where new pathogens come from is essential for preventing future outbreaks with epidemic and pandemic potential, and requires a broad range of expertise.”

The WHO famous the handfuls of proposed members had been chosen from a pool of over 700 functions. The 26 members have experience in fields equivalent to “epidemiology, animal health, ecology, clinical medicine, virology, genomics,” amongst others.

“We are very pleased with the calibre of experts selected for SAGO from around the world, and look forward to working with them to make the world safer,” Tedros mentioned.

There can be a two-week public session interval for the WHO to obtain suggestions on the proposed SAGO members and set in place modalities for its first assembly following the session interval.


In its capability as an advisory physique to WHO, the SAGO will advise the group on the event of a WHO world framework to outline and information research into the origins of rising and re-emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential, in addition to advise the WHO on prioritizing research and discipline investigations into the topics.

In addition, the committee will present data and opinions to help the WHO Secretariat within the growth of an in depth work plan of the SAGO. 

In the context of the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the SAGO will present the WHO Secretariat with an impartial analysis of all obtainable scientific and technical findings from world research and advise the WHO Secretariat concerning creating, monitoring and supporting the subsequent sequence of associated research, the discharge reads. 

The SAGO will present “rapid advice” on the WHO’s operational plans to implement the subsequent sequence of world research into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, outlined in a March report. Last, the committee will present any extra recommendation and help to the WHO, as requested by the WHO SAGO Secretariat, together with participation in future WHO-international missions to research the origins of SARS-CoV-2 or different rising pathogens.

Reuters reported that the WHO launched the request for functions final August and September.

A public list of the proposed members supplied by the WHO exhibits that the original team of 10 worldwide consultants are listed on the committee, together with Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans, Danish epidemiologist Thea Fischer, British epidemiologist John Watson, Russian researcher Vladimir Dedkov, animal well being specialist Hung Nguyen of Vietnam and epidemiologist Elmoubasher Farag of Qatar.

Any future investigations in China may probably show troublesome because the nation has repeatedly mentioned it considers investigation of COVID-19′s origins there completed.