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The World Health Organization has announced its new 26-member COVID-19 origins team — but it includes six people who were part of a widely criticized team that deemed the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis "extremely unlikely" earlier this year.The World Health Organization has announced its new 26-member COVID-19 origins team — but it includes six people who were part of a widely criticized team that deemed the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis "extremely unlikely" earlier this year.

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The World Health Organization advisory group will include scientists from the U.S., China and two dozen other countries and will study various hypotheses, including the possibility of a lab leak.The World Health Organization advisory group will include scientists from the U.S., China and two dozen other countries and will study various hypotheses, including the possibility of a lab leak.

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World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday urged countries and companies controlling the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to prioritise supply to the vaccine sharing programme COVAX in order to meet vaccination targets.World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday urged countries and companies controlling the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to prioritise supply to the vaccine sharing programme COVAX in order to meet vaccination targets.

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Booster shots are an example of crushing inequality across the world, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said.Booster shots are an example of crushing inequality across the world, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said.

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Global cases declined 7 percent in the week ending Oct. 10.Global cases declined 7 percent in the week ending Oct. 10.

COVID-19 cases, deaths fall across the globe: WHO | TheHill

Global cases declined 7 percent in the week ending Oct. 10.Global cases declined 7 percent in the week ending Oct. 10.

COVID-19 cases, deaths fall across the globe: WHO | TheHill

In a new Netflix documentary, WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says politics is preventing poorer nations from getting COVID-19 vaccines.In a new Netflix documentary, WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says politics is preventing poorer nations from getting COVID-19 vaccines.

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Europe News: Selected from more than 700 applications, the 26 proposed members of the group have expertise in a range of areas from epidemiology to biosecurity, thEurope News: Selected from more than 700 applications, the 26 proposed members of the group have expertise in a range of areas from epidemiology to biosecurity, th

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Europe News: Selected from more than 700 applications, the 26 proposed members of the group have expertise in a range of areas from epidemiology to biosecurity, thEurope News: Selected from more than 700 applications, the 26 proposed members of the group have expertise in a range of areas from epidemiology to biosecurity, th

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Group must give the WHO independent evaluation of all available scientific, technical findings on origins of COVID-19Group must give the WHO independent evaluation of all available scientific, technical findings on origins of COVID-19

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GENEVA: The World Health Organization unveiled Wednesday a team of scientists it wants to investigate new pathogens and preventing future pandemics — plus reviving the stalled probe into Covid-19’s origins. The group of 26 experts will be charged with producing a new global framework for studies into the origins of emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential — andGENEVA: The World Health Organization unveiled Wednesday a team of scientists it wants to investigate new pathogens and preventing future pandemics — plus reviving the stalled probe into Covid-19’s

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be "our last chance" to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and called for cooperation from China.The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be "our last chance" to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and called for cooperation from China.

It May Be Last Chance To Find Covid Origins: WHO After Forming New Panel On Pathogens

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Following a public call for experts, the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced proposed members of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO). The SAGO will advise WHO on the development of a global framework to define and guide studies into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential, including SARS-CoV-2.  “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,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “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, and look forward to working with them to make the world safer.”Selected from more than 700 applications, the 26 proposed SAGO members have expertise in a range of areas, including epidemiology, animal health, ecology, clinical medicine, virology, genomics, molecular epidemiology, molecular biology, biology, food safety, biosafety, biosecurity, and public health. The composition of the SAGO reflects geographic and gender diversity.As per WHO processes, there will now be a two-week public consultation period for WHO to receive feedback on the proposed SAGO members and set in place the modalities for the SAGO’s first meeting, which is planned to take place following this consultation period.   The final membership to the SAGO is subject to the above-mentioned public consultation period and relevant WHO practices and procedures.List of proposed SAGO membersToday, Dr Tedros, Dr Michael Ryan and Dr Maria Van Kerkhove published an editorial outlining the work of the SAGOTerms of Reference of the SAGO Functions of the SAGO In its capacity as an advisory body to WHO, the SAGO will have the following functions: To advise WHO on the development of a WHO global framework to define and guide studies into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential; To advise WHO on prioritizing studies and field investigations into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential, in accordance with the WHO global framework described in point (1) above; To provide information and views to assist the WHO Secretariat in the development of a detailed work plan of the SAGO; In the context of SARS-CoV-2 origins:  To provide the WHO Secretariat with an independent evaluation of all available scientific and technical findings from global studies on the origins of SARS-CoV-2; To advise the WHO Secretariat regarding developing, monitoring and supporting the next series of studies into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, including rapid advice on WHO's operational plans to implement the next series of global studies into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, as outlined in the Joint WHO-China Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part report published on 30 March 2021 and advise on additional studies as needed; and To provide additional advice and support to WHO, as requested by the WHO SAGO Secretariat, which may include participation in future WHO-international missions to study the origins of SARS-CoV-2 or for other emerging pathogens.   Following a public call for experts, the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced proposed members of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO). The SAGO will advise WHO on the development of a global framework to define and guide studies into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential, including SARS-CoV-2.  “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,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “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, and look forward to working with them to make the world safer.”Selected from more than 700 applications, the 26 proposed SAGO members have expertise in a range of areas, including epidemiology, animal health, ecology, clinical medicine, virology, genomics, molecular epidemiology, molecular biology, biology, food safety, biosafety, biosecurity, and public health. The composition of the SAGO reflects geographic and gender diversity.As per WHO processes, there will now be a two-week public consultation period for WHO to receive feedback on the proposed SAGO members and set in place the modalities for the SAGO’s first meeting, which is planned to take place following this consultation period.   The final membership to the SAGO is subject to the above-mentioned public consultation period and relevant WHO practices and procedures.List of proposed SAGO membersToday, Dr Tedros, Dr Michael Ryan and Dr Maria Van Kerkhove published an editorial outlining the work of the SAGOTerms of Reference of the SAGO Functions of the SAGO In its capacity as an advisory body to WHO, the SAGO will have the following functions: To advise WHO on the development of a WHO global framework to define and guide studies into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential; To advise WHO on prioritizing studies and field investigations into the origins of emerging and re-emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential, in accordance with the WHO global framework described in point (1) above; To provide information and views to assist the WHO Secretariat in the development of a detailed work plan of the SAGO; In the context of SARS-CoV-2 origins:  To provide the WHO Secretariat with an independent evaluation of all available scientific and technical findings from global studies on the origins of SARS-CoV-2; To advise the WHO Secretariat regarding developing, monitoring and supporting the next series of studies into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, including rapid advice on WHO's operational plans to implement the next series of global studies into the origins of SARS-CoV-2, as outlined in the Joint WHO-China Global Study of Origins of SARS-CoV-2: China Part report published on 30 March 2021 and advise on additional studies as needed; and To provide additional advice and support to WHO, as requested by the WHO SAGO Secretariat, which may include participation in future WHO-international missions to study the origins of SARS-CoV-2 or for other emerging pathogens.   

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Avoiding the noise will prove difficult, especially as China has repeatedly said it considers investigation of coronavirus origins on its soil complete.Avoiding the noise will prove difficult, especially as China has repeatedly said it considers investigation of coronavirus origins on its soil complete.

SAGO: WHO announces new expert group to look into origins of coronavirus and other outbreaks - The Washington Post

A group of 26 experts will also be tasked with examining new pathogens and how to prevent future pandemicsA group of 26 experts will also be tasked with examining new pathogens and how to prevent future pandemics

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The new group will likely put more emphasis on investigating the possibility of a lab leakThe new group will likely put more emphasis on investigating the possibility of a lab leak

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The World Health Organization unveiled Wednesday a proposed team of scientists tasked with looking at new pathogens and preventing future pandemics -- plus reviving the stalled probe into Covid-19's origins.The World Health Organization unveiled Wednesday a proposed team of scientists tasked with looking at new pathogens and preventing future pandemics -- plus reviving the stalled probe into Covid-19's origins.

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The WHO says the newly formed advisory group could be the last chance to find out how the pandemic began. China has repeatedly denied that it originated in its laboratories and says no more visits are needed. The WHO says the newly formed advisory group could be the last chance to find out how the pandemic began. China has repeatedly denied that it originated in its laboratories and says no more visits are needed. 

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The World Health Organisation has chosen the members of a new advisory board into the origins of pandemics. The board will help draw up guidelines for future...The World Health Organisation has chosen the members of a new advisory board into the origins of pandemics. The board will help draw up guidelines for future...

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The statement named the 26 proposed members ahead of a two-week period of public consultation, including Marion Koopmans, Thea Fischer and Hung Nguyen who took part in the joint investigation with China this year. The statement named the 26 proposed members ahead of a two-week period of public consultation, including Marion Koopmans, Thea Fischer and Hung Nguyen who took part in the joint investigation with China this year.

WHO Panel On Origins Of New Pathogens Includes Wuhan Probe Members

Wuhan laboratory accident ‘cannot be ruled out until there is enough evidence’, say health bosses after earlier report dismissed theoryWuhan laboratory accident ‘cannot be ruled out until there is enough evidence’, say health bosses after earlier report dismissed theory

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The World Health Organization has formed a scientific advisory group to further investigate the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, and how humans became infected with it.The World Health Organization has formed a scientific advisory group to further investigate the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, and how humans became infected with it.

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The group of 26 experts will be charged with producing a new global framework for studies into the origins of emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential -- and their remit includes SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 disease.The group of 26 experts will be charged with producing a new global framework for studies into the origins of emerging pathogens of epidemic and pandemic potential -- and their remit includes SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19 disease.

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The group includes scientists from 26 countries, a reflection of the W.H.O.’s effort to amass widespread international support for the work.The group includes scientists from 26 countries, a reflection of the W.H.O.’s effort to amass widespread international support for the work.

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By Stephanie Nebehay and Pushkala Aripaka GENEVA (Reuters) -The World Health Organization said on Wednesday its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be our last chance to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and urged China to provide data from early cases. The first human cases of COVID-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. China has repeatedly dismissed theories that the virus leaked from one of its laboratories and has said no more visits are needed. A WHO-led team spent four weeks in and around Wuhan earlier this year with Chinese scientists, and said in a joint report in March that the virus had probably been transmitted from bats to humans through another animal but further research was needed. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the investigation was hampered by a dearth of raw data pertaining to the first days of the outbreak and has called for lab audits. The WHO on Wednesday named the 26 proposed members of its Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO). They include Marion Koopmans, Thea Fischer, Hung Nguyen and Chinese animal health expert Yang Yungui, who took part in the joint investigation in Wuhan. [L1N2R91AM] DOZENS OF STUDIES NEEDED Maria van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, voiced hope that there would be further WHO-led international missions to China which would engage the country's cooperation. She told a news conference that more than three dozen recommended studies must still to be carried out to determine how the virus crossed from the animal species to humans. Reported Chinese testing for antibodies in Wuhan residents in 2019 will be absolutely critical to understanding the virus's origins, van Kerkhove said. The WHO, in an editorial in Science, said that detailed investigations of the earliest known and suspected cases in China prior to December 2019 were still needed, including analyses of stored blood samples from 2019 in Wuhan and retrospective searches of hospital and mortality data for earlier cases. Labs in the area where the first reports of human infections emerged in Wuhan must be a focus, as ruling out an accident requires sufficient evidence, it said. Mike Ryan, WHO's top emergency expert, said the new panel may be the last chance to establish the origin of SARS-CoV-2, a virus that has stopped our whole world . The WHO was seeking to take a step back, create an environment where we can again look at the scientific issues , he said. This is our best chance, and it may be our last chance to understand the origins of this virus. Chen Xu, China's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told a separate news conference the conclusions of the joint study were quite clear , adding that as international teams had been sent to China twice already, it is time to send teams to other places. I do believe that if we are going to continue with the scientific research I think it should be a joint effort based on science not by the intelligence agencies, Chen said. So if we are going to talk about anything, we are doing the whole business within the framework of SAGO . (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; writing by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Giles Elgood)By Stephanie Nebehay and Pushkala Aripaka GENEVA (Reuters) -The World Health Organization said on Wednesday its newly formed advisory group on dangerous pathogens may be "our last chance" to determine the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and urged China to provide data from early cases. The first human cases of COVID-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. China has repeatedly dismissed theories that the virus leaked from one of its laboratories and has said no more visits are needed. A WHO-led team spent four weeks in and around Wuhan earlier this year with Chinese scientists, and said in a joint report in March that the virus had probably been transmitted from bats to humans through another animal but further research was needed. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said the investigation was hampered by a dearth of raw data pertaining to the first days of the outbreak and has called for lab audits. The WHO on Wednesday named the 26 proposed members of its Scientific Advisory Group on the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO). They include Marion Koopmans, Thea Fischer, Hung Nguyen and Chinese animal health expert Yang Yungui, who took part in the joint investigation in Wuhan. [L1N2R91AM] DOZENS OF STUDIES NEEDED Maria van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, voiced hope that there would be further WHO-led international missions to China which would engage the country's cooperation. She told a news conference that "more than three dozen recommended studies" must still to be carried out to determine how the virus crossed from the animal species to humans. Reported Chinese testing for antibodies in Wuhan residents in 2019 will be "absolutely critical" to understanding the virus's origins, van Kerkhove said. The WHO, in an editorial in Science, said that detailed investigations of the earliest known and suspected cases in China prior to December 2019 were still needed, including analyses of stored blood samples from 2019 in Wuhan and retrospective searches of hospital and mortality data for earlier cases. Labs in the area where the first reports of human infections emerged in Wuhan must be a focus, as ruling out an accident requires sufficient evidence, it said. Mike Ryan, WHO's top emergency expert, said the new panel may be the last chance to establish the origin of SARS-CoV-2, "a virus that has stopped our whole world". The WHO was seeking to "take a step back, create an environment where we can again look at the scientific issues", he said. "This is our best chance, and it may be our last chance to understand the origins of this virus." Chen Xu, China's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told a separate news conference the conclusions of the joint study were "quite clear", adding that as international teams had been sent to China twice already, "it is time to send teams to other places." "I do believe that if we are going to continue with the scientific research I think it should be a joint effort based on science not by the intelligence agencies," Chen said. "So if we are going to talk about anything, we are doing the whole business within the framework of SAGO". (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Pushkala Aripaka in Bengaluru; writing by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Giles Elgood)

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Distributing Covid-19 vaccine booster shots in some countries while inoculations across Africa lag is "immoral," according to the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).Distributing Covid-19 vaccine booster shots in some countries while inoculations across Africa lag is "immoral," according to the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Covid-19 vaccine boosters are 'immoral' and 'unfair', says WHO chiefCovid-19 vaccine boosters are 'immoral' and 'unfair', says WHO chief

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The first human cases of COVID-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019The first human cases of COVID-19 were reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019

'Our last chance' to find Covid origins, says WHO

China has repeatedly dismissed theories that the virus leaked from one of its labs and has said no more visits are needed

'Our last chance': WHO unveils new team of scientists to unravel COVID origin dispute | National Post

'Our last chance': WHO unveils new team of scientists to unravel COVID origin dispute | National Post