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.
- Trump’s WHO de-funding ‘as dangerous as it sounds’
April 15, 2020
US President Donald Trump has been heavily criticised for halting funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Philanthropist Bill Gates, a major funder of the WHO, said it was “as dangerous as it sounds”. President Trump said on Tuesday that the body had “failed in its basic duty” in its response to ...
- How Greece is beating coronavirus despite a decade of debt
April 14, 2020
Every day at 6pm Greeks turn on their TV sets and tune into a broadcast that at other times they might have missed. Like most rituals, there are no surprises: each time they encounter the same scene, two men, seated several meters apart, behind a long table in a brightly lit room. The health ministry’s daily ...
- WHO Director-General’s Statement on IHR Emergency Committee on Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
April 14, 2020
The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) met today, and has advised me that in its view the Ebola outbreak in the DRC continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. I have accepted that advice. Tremendous progress has been made containing this outbreak in ...
- Coronavirus: Police bust massive face mask scam
April 14, 2020
Police across Europe foiled an intricate fake face mask plot that nearly cost German authorities €15 million ($16.4 million), Europol announced on Tuesday. At least two people have been detained in the case, which involved investigations across Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world are facing shortages ...
- How farmers and essential agricultural workers are protecting food security during COVID-19
April 12, 2020
Essential agricultural workers are continuing to travel across regional areas and some state boundaries and, while most Australians are confined to their neighbourhoods, farmers must allow seasonal workers onto their properties for essential work, such as picking crops or shearing sheep. But human biosecurity is at the forefront this season. COVID-19 restrictions and risks of shutdown in ...