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An International Pandemic Treaty Must Include Prevention at Source

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An International Pandemic Treaty Must Include Prevention at Source
(December 03, 2021) In a consensus decision aimed at protecting the world from future infectious diseases crises, a special session of the World Health Assembly agreed to launch a global process to draft and negotiate a convention, agreement or other international instrument under the Constitution of the World Health Organization to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. The following statement is from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Vice President for International Policy...

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Scientists Find SARS-CoV-2 Related Viruses in Cambodian Bats

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Scientists Find SARS-CoV-2 Related Viruses in Cambodian Bats
(November 23, 2021) The discovery by a team of scientists, including from WCS, along with the recent detection of the closest ancestors of SARS-CoV-2 known to date in cave-dwelling bats in Laos, indicates that SARS-CoV-2-related viruses that cause COVID-19 have a much wider geographic distribution than previously reported. It also further supports the hypothesis that the pandemic originated via spillover of a bat-borne virus. Said Dr. Lucy Keatts of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Health Program ...

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Our Actions Put People and Wildlife at Risk of Disease

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Our Actions Put People and Wildlife at Risk of Disease
(October 20, 2021) The greatest danger of new pandemics often lies in disturbed landscapes, says WCS's Chris Walzer. When humans, their livestock, and dogs take up residence in previously wild places, this unnatural interface allows people and animals to swap new infectious pathogens. Read more in this Mongabay article: In harm’s way: Our actions put people and wildlife at risk of disease 

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Rethinking Pandemic Prevention at the UNGA

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Rethinking Pandemic Prevention at the UNGA
(September 30, 2021) "The COVID-19 pandemic is a real wake-up call for the world," said WCS's Christian Sampler at this week's United Nations General Assembly side event. These types of spillovers have been happening and their frequency is increasing. Watch the special session on "Healthy Ecosystems for People and Planet" here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbWp9Hz7S4A

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One World One Health Newsletter: Holistic Benefits of Wildlife Surveillance

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One World One Health Newsletter: Holistic Benefits of Wildlife Surveillance
(August 30, 2021) WCS's WildHealthNet project is supporting the governments of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia to build sustainable wildlife surveillance platforms with a One Health approach. The networks have already facilitated the rapid detection and response to avian influenza and African swine fever outbreaks. Greater investment in wildlife health should accompany vital efforts to combat deforestation, forest degradation, and wildlife trade, and reverse the devastating trajectory of ...

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