WHO U-turn as it finally calls for a ban of animal wet markets after Covid pandemic – World News

The World Health Organisation have performed a big U-turn and demanded an end to the sale of live wild animals in food markets across the world.

They say a ban could be crucial in preventing the start of any future pandemics.

It is a huge reversal after the body initially backed the re-opening of the controversial wet markets last May.

Their original decision to support the live food markets was condemned by health experts around the world.

A team of WHO experts investigating the origins of Covid-19 in Wuhan were given unrestricted access in their quest to discover how the virus began back in February.



The Wuhan wet markets are blamed for the outbreak

Now it has finally called for a ban on the wet markets, thought to be where coronavirus first broke out in China last year.

The organisation has now called on countries to abolish the traditional trade of “live caught wild animals of mammalian species” in a bid to stop a repeat.

It explained in a statement: “Animals, particularly wild animals, are the source of more than 70 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, many of which are caused by novel viruses.

“Wild mammals, in particular, pose a risk for the emergence of new diseases.”



WHO chiefs have now called for a ban on the sale of live animals
WHO chiefs have now called for a ban on the sale of live animals

It has been determined that an animal with coronavirus – likely a bat – transmitted the disease to an ‘intermediary species’ before it spread to humans.

China continues to try and distance itself from the outbreak.

But British zoologist Peter Daszak said in February a team of investigators had submitted a list of places to visit and people to speak to, receiving no opposition from the Chinese authorities.



The health organisation's response to the virus has been controversial
The health organisation’s response to the virus has been controversial

He added that evidence has been found about the virus’ origins and is being “pieced together”.

He said: “We are not running rogue here, we are talking to our hosts. We are in a foreign country, we are guests of China right now.

“This is a good, collaborative, scientific approach to understanding more about the origins of Covid.”

He was asked if it was possible that the virus was engineered from within Wuhan’s Institute of Virology lab.

He replied: “There’s no evidence of that at all – but it is something that we talked about with people at Wuhan lab.

“We got really good and honest and frank, informative answers too because they themselves brought this up – conspiracies around lab leaks that they feel strongly have no grounds.”

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