Australia has elevated its funding in new world approaches to forestall pandemics of animal origin.
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud stated $1.2 million would assist the OIE to ship a brand new wildlife well being framework geared toward lowering the dangers of zoonotic illnesses related to human use of wildlife.
“I used to be the primary and solely Minister to ask for a evaluation of the wildlife moist markets on the G20 final yr,” Minister Littleproud stated.
“I did this so we may forestall one other pandemic like we’re at the moment experiencing. Elementary modifications are wanted at world, regional, nation and neighborhood ranges to forestall one other pandemic of zoonotic origin.
“The main target should stay on high-risk actions equivalent to wildlife moist markets and different human makes use of of wildlife.
This funding positions Australia as an influential Class A OIE member, constructing on the $0.2 million seed funding Australia supplied for this essential program in June final yr.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the significance of Australia’s engagement in worldwide organisations such because the OIE, because the world seeks to reorganise itself to higher forestall, put together and reply to future pandemics of animal origin.
“With wildlife the supply of many rising and zoonotic illnesses, this funding boosts a world One Well being strategy to wildlife well being administration and threat mitigation.”
Zoonotic illnesses have the potential to unfold from animals to people and influence human well being and social well-being.
Australia is an lively and influential member of the OIE, advocating for requirements that facilitate commerce for Australia’s animal producers, whereas minimising Australia’s publicity to unique animal illnesses.
Australia’s involvement within the OIE additionally gives Australian producers with a voice on essential world points that may influence on animal manufacturing and commerce, equivalent to antimicrobial resistance.
Supply: Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia