Why the replacement of the scientific council will change its dimension

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GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and Health and Prevention Minister Brigitte Bourguignon (left) and Francois Braun (right), the president of SAMU’s emergency services, they visit the Rene-Dubos hospital in Pontoise, north-west of Paris, on 1 July. , 2022. (Photo by Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / PISCINA / AFP) GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP Elisabeth Borne during a visit to a hospital in Pontoise with François Braun before her appointment to the Ministry of Health. EPIDEMICS – “A team of commandos” that will no longer be limited to controlling the coronavirus pandemic. This is the formula used by the new Minister of Health, François Braun, to qualify the profile of the future members of the “health monitoring and anticipation committee”. This new group of experts, established by decree and whose appointment is imminent, takes over from the Scientific Council in charge of 872 days of monitoring, anticipation but also the orientation of the vaccination strategy to be launched in the face of the pandemic . coronavirus in france An action chaired by Jean-François Delfraissy that ended on July 31, at the same time as the health emergency regime. Projections, recommendations… The new “committee” aims to continue the work started on Covid-19, in particular on the models even if the latter are increasingly “complex and uncertain”, as he explained to HuffPost at the end of July the modeller of the Institut Pasteur, Simon Cauchemez. “In the last two years we have started with simple models, which have gradually become more complex to integrate the impact on the epidemic of variants, vaccines, as well as the decrease in immunity”, specified this former member of the Scientific Council. . A new approach to “global health” But the committee will also take on new missions and have an expanded composition from 11 to 19 members to anticipate or protect themselves from “different risks”, we explain to the Ministry of Health, which supervises the selection, together with the Ministry of Research led by Sylvie Retailleau. Goal? Adopting a “global health” approach, “relying on an experience that is always very specialized and independent but open to new aspects because yesterday’s risks are not necessarily those of today or tomorrow. We must expand to other health risks related to infectious agents that affect humans and animals, environmental and food pollutants, as well as climate change”, we explain. A new approach that links human, animal and environmental health, demanded two years ago by the UN and the WHO, to deal with the risks of epidemics. Geographic movements of mammals related to global warming or human land use increase the risk of viral transmission between previously non-interacting species. Experts also warned, last April in the journal Nature, of “a virus epidemic” by the year 2070. There are currently around 10,000 “potentially zoonotic” viruses circulating in mammals. Between them, it is impossible for the authors of this study to designate the future responsible for the epidemics to come. “There are risks of the spread of viruses such as the coronavirus and Ebola, but there can be surprises,” says Colin J. Carlson, professor at Georgetown University, one of the authors of this work. The president revealed to the rest of the team. It will be necessary to see who to entrust this heavy task. The name of the committee chair is to be revealed “in the next few hours”, but the composition of the other 16 scientists and the two “patient and citizen representatives” should be “staggered” over several weeks. Some participants of the Scientific Council could be renewed. Members will be appointed for a two-year term, renewable once. “In the event of a health crisis”, its president can “propose to convene additional personalities for their specific specialization”, specifies the decree. Your views will be passed on to the authorities before they are made public. See also in The HuffPost: What alternatives to deal with the shortage of drinking water? You cannot view this content because you have rejected cookies associated with third-party content. If you want to see this content, you can change your preferences.
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