According to Australia’s SBS news article Morrison chides WHO as wet markets reopen in China's coronavirus epicentre, the WHO has endorsed live animal markets re-opening in China. If the PM of Australia was misrepresenting the situation, SBS would have noted that, as would the WHO. The WHO has noted that China has banned the sale of live wild animals, which implies that the sale of non-wild live animals, and non-living wild animals, remains legal.
Some of the article cited talks about live animals, and some of it talks about "wet markets" - I've avoided the use of "wet markets" because it's a term whose use or misuse has been criticised, and I see little upside in using the term.
Australia's prime minister has berated the World Health Organization for supporting China's decision to reopen live animal markets amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
The World Health Organization said wet markets are crucial sources of food and should be allowed to continue trading.
“But it is necessary to regulate them and introduce measures to decrease the risk of transmission of diseases at them,” the WHO told SBS News in a statement.
“With adequate facilities, proper regulation and good hygiene practices it is possible to have safe food sold in wet markets.”
The WHO said markets selling live wild animals have been banned in China since February.
“It is WHO’s understanding that these laws continue to be enforced through provincial and municipal authorities under central government oversight,” the statement said.
I don't want to ask about why the WHO has endorsed the reopening of live animal markets, because it's hard to prove a negative that China hasn't been unduly influencing WHO's statements. Instead, I want to know what expert advice has been produced in evaluating the re-opening of live animal markets - in theory, proving a positive should be easier than proving a negative.
For those interested in whether or not China has been unduly influencing the WHO, the question What was WHO's defence from US Republican attacks that the WHO "really blew" their response to the pandemic by being "slow" and "deceptive"? is probably the best question touching upon that.
What expert advice has gone into WHO’s endorsement of reopening wet markets in China?