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WHO panel on origins of new pathogens includes Wuhan probe members

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GENEVA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – The World Health Organisation on Wednesday proposed 26 consultants to kind its new Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of novel pathogens, together with a number of who served on its mission to Wuhan, China, to probe the supply of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

The assertion named the 26 proposed members forward of a two-week interval of public session, together with Marion Koopmans, Thea Fischer, Hung Nguyen and Chinese animal well being skilled Yang Yungui, who took half within the joint investigation this yr.

“Understanding where new pathogens come from is essential for preventing future outbreaks with epidemic and pandemic potential, and requires a broad range of expertise. We are very pleased with the calibre of experts selected for SAGO from around the world,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned in a press release.

The WHO launched the request for purposes final August, saying it was on the lookout for the best scientific minds to advise on investigations into new high-threat pathogens that bounce from animals to people and will spark the subsequent pandemic. learn extra

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay;
Editing by Alison Williams and Alex Richardson

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