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WHO Launches CoViNet – A Global Network for Coronaviruses

WHO Launches CoViNet – A Global Network for Coronaviruses

The World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced CoViNet, a global initiative aimed at enhancing the detection, monitoring, and assessment of coronaviruses worldwide. CoViNet expands upon the existing WHO COVID-19 reference laboratory network to encompass a broader spectrum of coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, MERS-CoV, and potential novel strains of public health concern.

Key Points

  1. Expanding Expertise and Capacities

    • CoViNet leverages the expertise of 36 laboratories from 21 countries across all six WHO regions.
    • These laboratories specialize in human, animal, and environmental coronavirus surveillance, fostering a comprehensive approach to understanding and managing coronaviruses.
  2. Action Plan for 2024-2025

    • Representatives of CoViNet laboratories convened in Geneva on 26 – 27 March to finalize an action plan for 2024-2025.
    • The plan focuses on enhancing early detection, risk assessment, and response capabilities to address emerging coronavirus-related health challenges.
  3. One Health Approach

    • CoViNet emphasizes a One Health approach, bringing together experts from human, animal, and environmental health sectors.
    • This collaborative effort aims to monitor and assess coronavirus evolution and transmission patterns comprehensively.
  4. Guiding WHO Policies and Tools

    • Data generated by CoViNet will inform the work of WHO’s Technical Advisory Groups on Viral Evolution (TAG-VE) and Vaccine Composition (TAG-CO-VAC), among others.
    • By integrating the latest scientific insights, CoViNet supports the development of evidence-based global health policies and tools.

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