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Safety Across Asia For The Global Environment (SAFE)

Safety Across Asia For The Global Environment (SAFE):

China is not participating in a United Nations project called Safety Across Asia for the Global Environment (SAFE) to survey high-risk facilities, including Asian wet markets, that may cause the spread of infectious diseases from animals to humans.

  • Also, Vietnam and Laos have yet to approve the surveys.
  • The project aims to prevent future pandemics due to zoonotic, or animal-to-human, disease transmission.
  • Launched in 2021 and will run until 2024.
  • Coordinated by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime which monitors illegal wildlife trafficking
  • Funded by the European Union
  • Four Asian countries China, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos were initially selected for the survey under the project
  • It is believed that the strain of coronavirus that caused the COVID-19 disease was first identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan’s wet market in December 2019.
  • China has since banned the sale and consumption of food from wildlife animals.