Joint statement by WHO, FAO and OIE on SARS-CoV-2 and OHEJP response to this – 25th March 2022.
SARS-CoV-2 spread in animal populations can affect the health of these populations and may facilitate the emergence of new virus variants that can be a threat for animal health as well as public health.
WHO, FAO and OIE have made a joint statement on the prioritization of monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in wildlife and preventing the formation of animal reservoirs.
Within the One Health EJP joint Integrative project COVRIN, partner institutes work on the detection and surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in animal populations. The aim of the project is to generate and exchange research data for risk assessment, and better coronavirus preparedness. Prevention of coronavirus disease requires intervention in virus spread within populations to stop interspecies transmissions.
Research by COVRIN provides support for this joint statement, which can be read below.