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China has removed pangolin scales from the country’s official list of approved ingredients for use in traditional Chinese medicine. The move comes after Beijing raised the mammals to Class 1 protected status, on par with giant pandas. Pangolins – the world’s most trafficked mammal – have been pushed to the brink of extinction as demand for their scales and meat rose. Scientists are also looking into whether pangolins served a s conduit for Covid-19, moving the virus from animals to humans. Annemarie Evans asked David Olson, director of conservation for WWF-Hong Kong, about China’s decision.