WHO Scientific Advisory Group on future novel pathogens meets for the first time

Published: Friday, 26 November 2021 09:43

WHO´s Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) held its first meeting recently. Amongst other things, the group will advise on a framework for researching emerging pathogens that have pandemic potential.

SAGO’s first meeting was largely procedural, and included the appointment of the Chair (Dr. Marietjie Venter from South Africa) and Vice-Chair (Dr Jean-Claude Manuguerra from France).

The group agreed to meet frequently and focus urgently on advising on the overarching framework to study the emergence of novel pathogens, as well as to rapidly undertake an assessment of the current understanding of the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. 

SAGO is composed of experts acting in a personal capacity and will work with additional experts from various technical areas as needed.

In its capacity as an advisory body to WHO, SAGO will:

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