The World Health Organization has selected a group of 26 experts that will develop a framework to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and other novel pathogens that could arise in the future, it said Wednesday.
The advisory group, which includes scientists from the U.S. and China, was chosen from more than 700 applicants, according to a statement by the WHO.
Their areas of expertise include epidemiology, animal health and ecology.
The group will advise the WHO on crafting a framework to define and guide studies on the origins of Covid-19 and future outbreaks.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement Covid-19 “will not be the last” outbreak.
4.9 million. That’s the number of people worldwide who have succumbed to Covid-19, as of Wednesday morning, according to John Hopkins University Covid tracker.