The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Viet Nam program developed a position paper on the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes an analysis of risk of EID emergence along the wildlife trade value chain with results of the viral surveillance conducted during the USAID EPT-2 PREDICT project as specific evidence/data contributed by efforts in Viet Nam. Efforts are underway in Viet Nam to review wildlife trade regulations and related animal health and public health legislation with the aim of mitigating the risk of spill-over of viruses from wildlife and prevent future pandemics as part of the Government’s response to the current COVID-19 crisis. As outlined in this position paper, the Prime Minister of Viet Nam appointed the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to lead and coordinate with relevant Ministries to draft a Directive to prohibit the trade and consumption of wildlife (Official Letter No. 1744/VPCP-KGVX dated 6 March 2020 of the Government Office). WCS has developed this position paper as part of our core mission which includes a One Health approach to issues at the intersection wildlife conservation and human health and well being, and our aim is to support governments like Viet Nam in their efforts to address these complex issues.
PREVENTING FUTURE EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS IN VIET NAM BY AMENDING POLICY ON WILDLIFE TRADE AND CONSUMPTION (ENGLISH)
PREVENTING FUTURE EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS IN VIET NAM BY AMENDING POLICY ON WILDLIFE TRADE AND CONSUMPTION (VIETNAMESE VERSION)