The list of members of the health and anticipation committee of health risks who took over from the COVVI-19 scientific council with enlarged missions, was published Thursday, September 29.
Expected for almost a month, the list of nineteen members of the new health and anticipation of health risks (COVARS) was published Thursday, September 29, in the Official Journal. This list “was almost ready at the end of August, the Immunologist Brigitte Autran, appointed president of this body on August 17, told the world but it was not until the end of administrative procedures, in particular the verification of the interests of the future members by the High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life. “
Thursday at 11 am, the new committee was to be installed by the Minister of Health, François Braun, and the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Sylvie Retailleau. Created by decree on the 1 er August, he takes over from the two advisory bodies set up by the government on the occasion of the Pandemic of COVID-19: the COVID-19 scientific council and the committee guidance of the vaccination strategy, whose functions ended on July 31 with the repeal of the state of health emergency.
The missions of the new enlarged committee “concern all infectious diseases likely to constitute a risk of public health”, explained to the world Brigitte Autran, at the end of August. He should “particularly” look at “zoonoses, these infections transmitted to our species by animals or vice versa”. In fact, what strikes first, in the list of its members is the important part of the experts of the “global health” approach, which aims to prevent the appearance of zoonoses thanks to a better understanding of links Between human health, animal health and ecosystems. 2>
the expertise of a demographer
At least five Covars members have such expertise. Patrick Giraudoux, of the University of Franche-Comté, is a specialist in the ecology of wildlife and the health of ecosystems. Virologist Xavier de Lamballerie studies the emergence of viral pathologies in Aix-Marseille University. Didier Fontenille is interested in the biology and control of mosquitoes which transmit diseases, at the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) in Montpellier.
Two veterinarians also develop this approach. Roger Le Grand has created an institute devoted to innovative therapies of human infectious diseases within the police station for atomic energy and alternative energies. And Thierry Lefrançois (already a member of the scientific council) is interested in the diagnosis, epidemiology and control of tropical animal diseases at the Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development, in Montpellier.
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