WHO Forms Panel To Investigate Origins Of COVID

The Washington Post reports:

The World Health Organization named 26 scientists Wednesday to a new advisory body devoted to understanding the origins of the coronavirus and other future outbreaks, marking a change in approach for the world’s top global health body to one of the most politically sensitive issues of a pandemic that has killed more than 4.8 million people.

The group, which includes scientists from the United States and China as well as 24 other nations and will be formalized after a brief period of public consultation, is set to consider not only the big, unresolved question of the coronavirus — how did it first infect humans? — but also set up a framework for future outbreaks involving other pathogens so that similar big questions aren’t left unresolved again.

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