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BEIJING (Reuters) – China has rapidly stepped up legislation and law enforcement to provide strong legal safeguards in the fight against Covid-19 after its initial outbreak, officials told a news conference.

After the Covid-19 epidemic, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress formulated a work plan to strengthen the legal protection of public health and revise the law, and made significant progress and good results. said Xu Anbiao, deputy head of the Legislative Affairs Commission. of the NPC Standing Committee. A number of important laws have been enacted, revised and introduced, he said.

The Biosecurity Law, which was approved by the NPC Standing Committee in October 2020 and entered into force in April last year, has improved the biosecurity risk prevention and control system, including by covering major new infectious diseases and epidemics in animals and plants.

The NPC Standing Committee also passed the decision to ban wildlife trade in February 2020 and revised the Animal Epidemic Prevention Law in January 2021.

“Public health covers a wide range of fields, and therefore targeted provisions have been made in the formulation and revision of other relevant laws,” Xu said.

He said that several important bills, including amendments to the Emergency Response and Management Act, the Wildlife Protection Act and the Livestock Act, had been submitted to the Committee. of the APN for deliberation.

The formulation and revision of some important laws, including the Infectious Disease Prevention and Treatment Law, the Public Health Emergency Response Law, the Border Health and Quarantine Law and others, are progressing.

“The rule of law is a strong guarantee for the promotion of health care. Over the past decade, the state has actively promoted health legislation and strengthened legal protection for public health,” he said. – Chinese Daily/ANN