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$1.2 million to prevent future pandemics of animal origin

  • $1.2 million to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to reduce risk of future zoonotic pandemics at their source in animals.
  • The focus must remain on high-risk activities such as wildlife wet markets and other human uses of wildlife. 
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the importance of Australia’s engagement in international organisations such as the OIE, as the world seeks to reorganise itself to better prevent, prepare and respond to future pandemics of animal origin.