The World Health Organization (WHO) has opened this Friday a call to select 25 experts from around the world to be part of the New Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of New Pathogens (SAGO).
The OMS has invited all the experts in the world to be part of this initiative who will investigate the origins of new pathogens, as well as others that re-emerge. They will also take care of analyze its epidemic and pandemic potential. The new organ will be made up of experts from all fields who will act in a personal capacity.
In a statement, the WHO assures that Diseases such as SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, Lassa, Marburg, Ebola, Nipah, avian flu and SARS-CoV-2, have emerged and reemerged in recent years, thus “There is a clear need for a robust vigilance and early actions for rapid detection and mitigation efforts ”.
An advisory body for WHO
This group that wants to create the WHO will be multidisciplinary, it will have a total of 25 experts and will serve as an advisory body to WHO. “This global framework for studying the appearance of new and known high-threat pathogens must be exhaustive and coordinated “explains the WHO.
One of SAGO’s first tasks will be check the progress that has been made in relation to the origin of SARS-CoV-2, that causes COVID-19. For this, this group of experts review all possible scientific and technical evidence, thus guiding WHO in the next steps to understand the origin of SARS-CoV-2.