World Health Organization calls out food markets that sell both live and death animals and can be dangerous for public health.
The World Health Organization said countries should abandon the tradition of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent any public health risks.
World Health Organization bans wet markets
WHO changed its mind after deciding to re-open the controversial wet markets last May, within health experts around the world condemned the decision that basically restarted the original virus epicentre in China.
A dual WHO-Chinese study showed that selling both live and dead animals was likely the source of coronavirus: «animals, particularly wild animals, are the source of more than 70% 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».
World Health Organization’s response to coronavirus was controversial at the point that former President Donald Trump stopped the funding to protest the handling of the pandemic.
The WHO-Chinese study
Searching answers to the origin of coronavirus became a political play and the recent WHO-Chinese research ruled out the hypothesis of the virus escaping from a lab.
It instead showed that an animal with coronavirus, likely a bat, transmitted the disease to an intermediary species, which then spread to humans. The study also speculates on the virus being spread overseas via an animal that was imported into the country.
The research was unwelcomed from several countries accusing it of failed investigations: «Lacking crucial information, access, and transparency. The report needs to be free of surveillance» wrote 14 countries – including the UK, US, Australia, Israel, and Canada – in a joint statement.
Instead, the results were praised by China who is now planning on expanding the research overseas.