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.
- Correlation between universal BCG vaccination policy and reduced morbidity and mortality for COVID-19: an epidemiological study
March 28, 2020
COVID-19 has spread to most countries in the world. Puzzlingly, the impact of the disease is different in different countries. These differences are attributed to differences in cultural norms, mitigation efforts, and health infrastructure. Here we propose that national differences in COVID-19 impact could be partially explained by the different national policies respect to Bacillus ...
- Exercise Cygnus uncovered: the pandemic warnings buried by the government
March 28, 2020
Ministers from across government were seated, ashen faced, in the Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR). On a large flat screen, epidemiologists from Imperial College London were showing a slide which detailed the scale of the epidemic that was enveloping Britain. The first cases of the virus had been confirmed in south east Asia two months previously. ...
- UK Data Centers Plead for Critical Status for Contractors as Coronavirus Takes Hold
March 27, 2020
The data center industry has been lobbying the British government to give formal clearance to contractors maintaining the digital infrastructure that is keeping the economy running as the lockdown steadily intensifies in defense against the coronavirus. Britain’s liberal response to the crisis, instead of banning all but a few key workers from going to work, permitted ...
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater
March 27, 2020
There is no higher priority for EPA than protecting the health and safety of Americans. EPA is providing this important information about COVID-19 as it relates to drinking water and wastewater to provide clarity to the public. The COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking-water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water ...
- Ryuk Ransomware Keeps Targeting Hospitals During the Pandemic
March 26, 2020
The Ryuk Ransomware operators to continue to target hospitals even as these organizations are overwhelmed during the Coronavirus pandemic. Last week BleepingComputer contacted various ransomware groups and asked if they would target hospitals and other healthcare organizations during the pandemic. With the amount of strain healthcare organizations are under during this pandemic, I was hoping that ransomware operators would ...