(PoliticalLookout.Com)- Australia did the world a favor on Tuesday when Prime Minister Scott Morrison confronted the World Heald Organization over its endorsement of the reopening of China’s wet markets.
If you don’t already know, wet markets are markets in China that sell live wild animals and other produce used for food and medicine. The conditions are not clean, and animals are often caged and stacked up on top of one another. Owing to the dirty conditions, and the fact that animals often urinate and defecate on one another, it is a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria.
It is believed that the COVID-19 virus originated in a wet market in Wuhan, China.
According to the Canberra Times, Morrison lashed out at the World Health Organization’s “unfathomable” decision to support the reopening of the markets, where animals are also slaughtered, while the virus still sweeps across the world.
“I’m totally puzzled by this decision,” he said. “We need to protect the world against potential sources of outbreaks of these types of viruses. It has happened too many times.”
Morrison, a conservative, also called on the WHO for greater transparency and information relating to the origins of the coronavirus, and how the wet markets allowed it to develop and spread. He called the decision by the WHO to defend the reopening “unfathomable” and slammed the dirty markets as a “global health threat.”
“Australia and the world will be looking to organizations like the WHO to ensure lessons are learned from the devastating coronavirus outbreak,” Morrison said.
Australia is maintaining good relationships with the United States throughout the pandemic. On April 8th, Morrison confirmed that he had discussed efforts to combat the virus with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
A good discussion with @SecPompeo about our efforts to combat the effects of #coronavirus, both health and economic, & the need to keep supply chains open. Australia & the US are good mates & we will continue to align our efforts as we work towards the recovery on the other side. https://t.co/HuEAXuMXAq
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) April 8, 2020
“Australia & the US are good mates & we will continue to align our efforts as we work towards the recovery on the other side,” he said.