Parliamentarians from all 10 members of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) will convene to discuss the origins of COVID-19, the wildlife trade, and how to prevent future pandemics with expert witnesses.
With the permission of the AIPA President, this forum will be Chaired by:
Hon. Nguyen Tuan Anh, Standing Member of the Science, Technology & Environment Committee of the Vietnam National Assembly, and moderated by the Secretary General of AIPA Hon. Nguyen Tuong Van.
Expert panelists will include:
∙John Scanlon, former Secretary General of CITES;
∙David Quammen, author of the prescient 2012 book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic;
∙Steven Galster, Chair of Freeland Foundation.
∙ and Ms. Sallie Yang, Legal expert of Freeland
The AIPA Secretariat and International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF) are pleased to jointly facilitate this hearing, convened by AIPA, to examine links between the commercial trade and consumption of wildlife and disease outbreaks like COVID-19, SARS, HIV, and Ebola and to consider steps that ASEAN may take to prevent future pandemics.