Wild animal trade must be stopped

  Doctor Nguyễn Trọng An Doctor Nguyễn Trọng An – coordinator for the Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control (NCDs Việt Nam) talks to the newspaper Nông Nghiệp Việt Nam (Việt Nam Agriculture Newspaper) on the country’s resolve to protect wild animals from hunters As a medical expert, how do you respond to a report saying that COVID-19 is likely to have come from bats? Following his visit to China, a representative from the World Health Organisation said there was a lot of evidence indicating the original roots of the coronavirus which has caused COVID-19 came from bats in Wuhan seafood market, a city of Hubei Province, China. I have read quite a lot of stories relating to COVID-19 and have discussed with Professor Dr Nguyễn Huy Nga, former Director-General of the Preventive Health Department, under the Ministry of Health, on what was the main cause leading to COVID-19. We agreed that COVID-19 came from the wild Wuhan bats – the Rhinolophus species. Besides that, according to Peter Daszak, President of the Ecohealth Alliance – a US non-profit organisation, some 15 years ago, many scientists detected that many bats living in caves in southern China had carried various virus species which were similar… Read full this story

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