WILMINGTON, Del. – In case you missed it, U.S. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Carter Roberts, president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund, published an op-ed in Politico about why the United States needs to take serious measures to address high-risk live wildlife markets and the broader illegal trade in wildlife to prevent the next pandemic.
Politico: How to Stop the Next Pandemic
By Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, & Carter Roberts
For the past several weeks, our national conversation has focused appropriately on how we can best recover from Covid-19. There is another question though, equally urgent, that demands our attention: how can we prevent this from happening again?
The World Health Organization has determined that Covid-19 is a zoonotic disease, meaning it jumped from animals to humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75 percent of new or emerging infectious diseases in people are zoonotic. If we’re going to stop their continued spread and prevent the next pandemic, Congress and the administration must initiate new policies, both domestically and in concert with other nations, right now.
The full column is available here.