Preventing Future Pandemics of Zoonotic Origin by Combating Wildlife Crime: Protecting Global Health, Security and Economy   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "The outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a major health emergency that has been characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. The first cases were detected in Wuhan, China, and it has rapidly spread across the globe in the first quarter of 2020, affecting populations in over 200 countries and territories and impacting entire communities, societies and economies. The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call to rethink global approaches to protecting natural resources and ultimately the health of billions of people. According to ongoing research, COVID-19 is likely linked to a zoonotic pathogen in wild bats that may have passed to humans, possibly via an intermediary. While there is no conclusive evidence to date, initial findings suggested that the pangolin, a scaly anteater, which is a reservoir of coronaviruses that genetically resemble that which caused COVID-19, may have been a such an intermediary and could be a source of similar viruses in the future."

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
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