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‘UNFATHOMABLE’: World Health Organization supports re-opening of China’s ‘wet’ animal markets


WHO announced its support for reopening wet markets: 'It is possible to have safe food sold in wet markets given adequate facilities, proper regulation, and good hygiene practices.'

JOHN HAYWARD: China’s notorious “wet markets,” the open-air wildlife slaughterhouses that were supposedly the mechanism for the Wuhan coronavirus jumping from animals to humans, are back in business with the approval of the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO seal of approval stunned government officials and health experts around the globe.

Chinese state media outlets were delighted to announce the ostensibly “sanitized” wet markets are open again in provinces across China – including Wuhan, epicenter of the global pandemic that killed thousands of people and inflicted trillions of dollars in economic damage. According to the state-run Global Times, some of the wet markets never closed at all…

WHO announced its support for reopening the wet markets, although it mumbled a suggestion to close the most “dangerous” markets around the world, pointedly refusing to single out Wuhan or China. The agency has published guidelines on how to shop in wet markets in the past…

News that the Wuhan markets are once again fully open for business was met with particular outrage in Australia. Sky News criticized WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for ignoring pleas from world leaders and quoted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisson slamming the organization for its “unfathomable” decision to allow the “global health threat” of the markets to persist.

“This virus started in China and went round the world. And that’s that’s how it started. We all know that. And these wet markets can be a real problem when it comes to what can occur in those markets. And I think from a world health point of view, this is something the World Health Organization should do something about,” Morrisson said.

“Unless they can demonstrate that the regulations, the health and safety measures, are so strict that they can completely cut off the risk factors, they’re going to have to shut them down. It’s happened with SARS. It’s happened with avian influenza. It’s happened with COVID-19. Next time it might be an even worse virus,” agreed opposition MP Peter Khalil.

WHO replied blandly that it was “possible to have safe food sold in wet markets” given “adequate facilities, proper regulation, and good hygiene practices,” which it implicitly trusted the Chinese Communist Party to guarantee…

In the United States, White House task force leader Dr. Anthony Fauci is among those who have called for an end to the wet markets. “It boggles my mind how, when we have so many diseases that emanate out of that unusual human-animal interface, that we just don’t shut it down. I don’t know what else has to happen to get us to appreciate that,” Fauci said.  SOURCE 1 … SOURCE 2 …


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