While the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the lifting of the global health emergency related to Covid-19 on 5 May 2023, the organization and its partners launched the International Pathogen Surveillance System (IPSN) on 22 May. It will provide “a platform to connect countries and regions, improve sample collection and analysis systems, use these data to guide public health decision-making and disseminate this information more widely”.
Pathogen genomics, which analyzes the genetic code of viruses, bacteria and other disease-causing organisms, enables scientists to identify and track diseases to prevent and respond to outbreaks as part of a broader disease surveillance system, and to develop treatments and vaccines.
The IPSN will provide each country with access to pathogen sequencing and genomic analysis within its public health system. “As the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us so clearly, the world is stronger when it comes together to fight common health threats.”said WHO Director General Dr.r Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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