Activists slam China’s use of bear bile in virus treatment

first_imgChinese workers collect bile from a caged bear at a farm in Fujian province. AFP But the National Health Commission inMarch issued guidelines recommending the use of “Tan Re Qing” – aninjection that contains bear bile powder, goat horn and three other medicinalherbs –- to treat critically ill coronavirus patients. The move comes just weeks after Chinabanned the sale of wild animals for food, citing the risk of diseases spreadingfrom animals to humans. BEIJING – China has approved the use ofbear bile to treat coronavirus patients, angering activists and raising fearsit could undermine efforts to stop the illegal animal trade which is blamed forthe emergence of the new disease sweeping the globe. It is one of six traditional Chinesemedicine products included in the directive. (AFP)last_img

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