Inauguration of the Center for a Pandemic Early Warning System in Berlin
The World Health Organization announced on Tuesday night to Wednesday that it was monitoring a new mutated version of the Corona virus called “Mo”, and it was first detected in Colombia in January.
In its weekly epidemiological bulletin on the evolution of the pandemic, the organization said that the mutant version “B.1.621”, according to its scientific name, was currently classified as a “mutant that must be monitored”, as reported by Agence France-Presse. She explained that this mutant has mutations that can carry a risk of “immune escape” (resistance to vaccines), which makes it necessary to conduct further studies on it to better understand its characteristics. All viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, mutate over time.
If the vast majority of mutations have little or no effect on the characteristics of the virus, some of these mutations can affect the characteristics of the virus, for example, increasing the ease of its spread, the severity of the disease it causes, or its resistance to vaccines, drugs, diagnostic tools, or Other social and public health measures.
Due to the emergence of mutant at the end of 2020, which poses an increasing threat to public health, the World Health Organization has developed a list of mutagens that should be monitored and of concern, in order to give priority to monitoring and research activities at the global level.
The World Health Organization decided to name the variants that should be monitored and those of concern the names of the letters of the Greek alphabet instead of the name of the country in which they were first detected, in order to prevent any stigma being attached to this country and to facilitate the pronunciation of the names for the general public.
Currently, according to the World Health Organization, there are four worrisome mutant copies, including the alpha mutant, which has spread to date in 193 countries and the delta mutant, which has spread to date in 170 countries, while there are five other mutant that must be monitored (including mutated “Mo”).
The mutant mutant was first spotted in Colombia in January. Since then, infections have been reported in a number of Latin American and European countries. The World Health Organization stated that “although the global prevalence of the mutant mutant among serial cases has decreased and is currently less than 0.1 percent, its prevalence in Colombia (39 percent) and Ecuador (13 percent) is steadily increasing.”
In another context, the World Health Organization yesterday inaugurated a Pandemic Early Warning Center in Berlin with the aim of bringing together the expertise and tools needed to deal with future epidemics. The organization said that the new Global Center for Epidemics and Epidemics “will bring together partners from all over the world to collaborate and create the necessary tools and data for all countries to prepare for, detect and respond to pandemics.”
The center was inaugurated by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. After the devastating impact of the outbreak of the Corona virus, health experts believe that the outbreak of a new pandemic is “only a matter of time.” They say warning signs should be monitored systematically with the goal of early and strong action.
In May, when the decision to set up the center was made, Merkel said that “data form an important basis for fighting future pandemics.”
“The data, when combined and processed with the right analytics tools, can provide insights that we wouldn’t find on our own, or at least not as quickly,” the German chancellor said. The new center will use artificial intelligence to analyze large amounts of data, focusing on animal health, unusual human diseases, changes in human behavior, the effects of climate change and population changes.
German institutes, including the CDC, the Robert Koch Institute and the Charité Hospital in Berlin, will be closely involved in the project, as will the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering. Germany is allocating 30 million euros ($35 million) to help finance it.