Health desk, 29 April, 2021: The Science Council was established in April 2021 by the Director General of the World Health Organization to provide guidance on the science and research strategy of the organization.
The Director General of WHO stated that, one of the unique advantages of WHO is their convening ability, which can convene the most outstanding experts in any health field from all over the world to analyze the evidence and use it as a guide.
Everything they do is based on science, including the formulation of products with normative standards that they have developed, pre-qualification of drugs, classification of diseases, and their response to global health crises such as COVID-19.
After being elected, Director-General nearly four years ago, embarked on a deep-rooted transformation of the World Health Organization.
A key part of this transformation is to strengthen WHO’s scientific work so that they not only keep up with the latest scientific developments, but also maintain a leading position and use the best science to promote global health.
Two years ago, WHO established a new science department and appointed Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the first chief scientist of the World Health Organization.
Within the Ministry of Science, they have established a new global health foresight function to predict the development of science and technology and use its potential in public health.
The Science Council is the latest step. Science has never been more important to respond to global health challenges.
From the identification of the first case of COVID-19 to the sequencing of the virus, the rapid development of vaccines, diagnosis and treatment methods, to the application of public health and social measures, science has been supported at every stage.
Science saves lives. Conversely, when science is ignored, the virus spreads and loses life.
The pandemic has made them realize that science is not an abstract pursuit of knowledge. This may be the difference between life and death.
The pandemic also shows that although science can provide life-saving solutions, there are many other factors that determine whether everyone can enjoy the benefits of science.
DG expect that the council will have the following functions:
First, evaluate urgent, high-priority scientific issues and provide advice and guidance for translating them into public health guidelines.
Second, identify new scientific and technological issues that WHO needs to address, including global health threats, and progress that may directly or indirectly affect global health;
Third, provide strategic guidance for the scientific, research and innovation work of WHO;
Fourth, participate in the quick review of WHO regulated products as needed.
Director General of WHO also said, as Louis Pasteur famously said: “Science does not understand any country, because knowledge belongs to mankind and is the torch that illuminates the world.”