W.H.O. Announces New Team to Study Covid-19 Origins

“Following a public call for experts, W.H.O. today announced the proposed members of the W.H.O. scientific advisory group for the origins of novel pathogens, or SAGO. The 26 experts were selected from over 700 applications, and were chosen for their world-class expertise and experience in a range of disciplines, as well as their geographic and gender diversity.” “That is a human endeavor to understand a virus that has stopped our whole world. And I would ask everyone, countries, journalists and everybody else, to create a little space for that discussion to happen because this is probably, right now, this is our best chance, and it may be our last chance, to understand the origins of this virus in a collegiate, collective and mutually responsible way.” “I anticipate that the SAGO, in its discussions about the urgent next steps for understanding you know, the origins of the current pandemic, will recommend further studies in China and potentially elsewhere. And I very much hope, we very much hope, that there will be further missions to China and other countries. The SAGO itself will make recommendations or give advice to W.H.O. Any future missions will be organized by W.H.O. and that member-state in question. And of course, we need the cooperation of that member-state to carry out any future missions.”

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