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.
- China detects African swine fever in another pig truck
April 21, 2020
China’s agriculture ministry said on Tuesday it had detected the deadly African swine fever virus in pigs transported to the southwestern province of Sichuan, the latest in a dozen such cases in the last two months. China has been battling African swine fever since August 2018, after the disease spread rapidly throughout the world’s top pork ...
- The Growing Threat Posed by Accelerationism and Accelerationist Groups Worldwide
April 20, 2020
As the world is paralyzed by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), some violent non-state actors have welcomed the global pandemic as an opportunity to push their propaganda and ideology, and perhaps to strike at their perceived foes. White supremacist extremists see the pandemic as confirmation of many of the movement’s preexisting beliefs, and as ...
- Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital gets its first biosafety level 3 lab
April 20, 2020
The Sindh government has established the first biosafety level 3 laboratory at Karachi’s Jinnah Hospital. The lab was inaugurated by the hospital’s Executive Director Dr Seemin Jamali on Monday. It has started functioning. The BSL-3 lab is a containment laboratory designed for work with Risk Group 2 and 3 of microorganisms that can spread through aerosols, according ...
- Currently ‘no evidence’ that COVID-19 survivors have immunity, WHO warns
April 18, 2020
There is no evidence that people who have recovered from coronavirus have immunity to the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The UK government has bought 3.5 million serology tests – which measure levels of antibodies in blood plasma. But senior WHO epidemiologists have warned that there is no proof that such antibody tests can ...
- Use of the Incident Command System during infectious disease outbreaks
April 17, 2020
Compliance with the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule indicates that skilled nursing facilities (SNF) along with other healthcare providers receiving Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services funds implement an “All Hazards” approach to emergency preparedness. This rule requires healthcare facilities including skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to conduct a risk ...