The Duke of Cambridge addresses 'lessons' that need to be learned

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Prince William has revealed there are things we need to learn from the coronavirus crisis.

The Duke of Cambridge has praised Helen Clark and Ellen Johnson Sirlead for leading an independent review into the coronavirus pandemic as he admits there are lessons to be learned from the deadly virus.

Prince William, 38, joined United for Wildlife Taskforces' virtual webinar on Wednesday as they continue virtal work to try and eradicate the illegal wildlife trade.

As part of his speech, the father-of-three said more must be done to prevent future pandemics. "The COVID-19 pandemic has ruined lives and threatened livelihoods across the world.

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"It is important that we learn the lessons from this pandemic, including looking at why the outbreak happened, why it was not stopped earlier, and what can be done to manage any outbreak in the future. That's why I'm pleased that Helen Clark and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf are leading an independent review to ensure that the right lessons are learned."

He went on to say, "Right now, there is a real chance to ensure that the urgent steps that the world must take to prevent future zoonotic disease pandemics are designed in a way that also helps to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade."

Chair of the United for Wildlife Taskforces, Lord Hague of Richmond, echoed the Duke's message and said a stronger global effort is needed on all levels.

"From all over the world the companies in our Taskforces have shown a strong commitment to combatting the illegal wildlife trade. Now a much greater global effort is required, not only to halt this destructive trade, but to help prevent future pandemics," he said.

Georgia Farquharson

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