Epidemics, pandemics, bioterrorism throughout history suggest that such events can cause global catastrophe and pose a credible threat to humankind. Despite extensive existing efforts biothreat remains a large challenge and the existing portfolio of work often overlooks the risks, and often does not focus on the mechanisms leading to such disasters.
The risk landscape, the impact, and how nations should react and deal with biological threat is under evaluated, and it is certainly one of the most important challenges facing humankind – the work to reduce this threat is highly valuable.
BioThreat Report make a useful information resource coming from a range of sources across government, industry and academia, and designed to support the nations in their preparedness, protection and prevention from the existing and emerging threats.
- Hong Kong researchers invent antiviral “coating”
April 27, 2020
A team of researchers from a Hong Kong university claim to have developed an antiviral coating they say can provide 90 days of “significant” protection against bacteria and viruses such as the novel coronavirus. Read more… Source: Reuters
- Guangdong’s coronavirus success shows an outbreak can be controlled, study finds
April 24, 2020
New analysis of coronavirus genomes from Guangdong has revealed that mass testing and intervention measures such as travel restrictions were effective at containing the Covid-19 outbreak in China’s most populous province. Researchers from the University of Oxford and the Guangdong Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysed the genomic sequences of 53 patients from Guangdong. ...
- UK ministers were warned last year of risks of coronavirus pandemic
April 24, 2020
Ministers were warned last year the UK must have a robust plan to deal with a pandemic virus and its potentially catastrophic social and economic consequences in a confidential Cabinet Office briefing leaked to the Guardian. The detailed document warned that even a mild pandemic could cost tens of thousands of lives, and set out the ...
- Research finds coronavirus in stool samples 22 days after onset of symptoms, but experts say risk of faecal transmission is low
April 23, 2020
A new study by Chinese scientists found that the coronavirus was detectable in stool samples taken from people suffering with Covid-19 almost a week after it was no longer present in their blood. The 30-strong team, mostly from Zhejiang University, based their research on the viral loads found in respiratory, stool and serum samples taken on ...
- WHO call to minimize disruptions to malaria prevention and treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic
April 23, 2020
Severe disruptions to insecticide-treated net campaigns and in access to antimalarial medicines could lead to a doubling in the number of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa this year compared to 2018, according to a new modelling analysis released by WHO and partners ahead of World Malaria Day (25 April). WHO urges countries to move fast and ...