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Situation Analysis Covid-19, wildlife trade, and consumer engagement

Published 5th August 2021

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On 7th February 2020, a research team in Guangzhou, Southern China1, identified pangolins as a potential intermediate host for the SARS-CoV-2 virus at the root of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite evidence still being unclear as to the origins of the virus, people’s relationship with and consumption of wild animals such as pangolins has been irreversibly cast into sharp relief.

Situation Analysis: Covid-19, wildlife trade, and consumer engagement

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TRAFFIC

Publication date:
August 2021

About Wildlife TRAPS

The USAID-funded Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project is an initiative that is designed to secure a transformation in the level of co-operation between an international community of stakeholders who are impacted by illegal wildlife trade between Africa and Asia. The project is designed to increase understanding of the true character and scale of the response required, to set priorities, identify intervention points, and test non-traditional approaches with project partners.

About USAID

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is responsible for the majority of overseas development assistance from the United States Government and works to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity for America and the world.