Planning for a reemergent epidemic of smallpox requires surge capacity of space, resources, and personnel within health systems.
This report looks at the risks of a global catastrophic biological event and the state of global preparedness and offers recommendations for urgent action to address preparedness deficits.
A new white paper, by NTI Bio, Georgetown University’s Center for Global Health Science and Security, and the Center for Global Development, calls for urgent improvements to avoid catastrophic consequences of deliberate and other high-consequence biological events.
Public health and law enforcement sectors both desire collaboration, but funding is often a major obstacle to collaboration.
The Implementation Support Unit of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC ISU) organized a seminar on “Rapid International Response to Biological Incidents: Lessons for the BWC.” The seminar speakers discussed national, regional, and international rapid response mechanisms and capacities. The seminar also addressed interoperability and standardization and training for rapid response teams. This report summarizes the main seminar discussions.
Global terrorism is a rapidly growing threat to world security, and increases the risk of bioterrorism.
The average law enforcement officer receives a very basic level of training on biological threats.
These Guidelines have been specifically developed to aid Veterinary Services to prepare for the investigation of suspicious biological events in relation to animal health, taking into account the additional challenges related to joint investigations.
The Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit is one of 10 regional centers across the country designed to respond to outbreaks of highly infectious diseases or bioterrorism attacks.
Terrorists experimenting with diseases must do so without vaccines or rigorous safety standards, so the risk of an accident is much higher than in an authorized lab.