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Vietnam bans imports of wild animals to reduce risk of future pandemics

Country cracking down on illegal wildlife trade after coronavirus originated in Chinese wet market

Vietnam has banned all imports of wild animals, dead or alive, and announced a crackdown on illegal wildlife markets as part of efforts to reduce the risk of future pandemics such as Covid-19.

A directive issued by the country’s prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, halts the trading of wild species, as well as animal products such as eggs, organs or body parts. It also calls for tougher action against people involved in illegal hunting, killing or advertising of wild animals.

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