China removes pangolin from traditional medicine list and upgrades protections


Following evidence that pangolins may be responsible for passing COVID-19 to humans, China has given the world’s most trafficked mammal, the pangolin, the highest level of protection, and removed their scales from the Chinese Pharmacopoeia on June 9. The Chinese Pharmacopoeia is an official list of drug composition approved and promoted by the Chinese government for use in Traditional Asian Medicines.