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This report assesses the status of the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Biosafety and Biosecurity Program and provides recommendations for improvement.
Three years after discovering that a military laboratory had shipped live anthrax to facilities around the world, the US Department of Defense (DoD) still has not developed a plan to evaluate its biological security practices, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported.
The Japanese government has turned over a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory under Japan’s grant aid to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine of the Department of Health in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Called the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories, the facility is one of 11 Biosafety Level 4 laboratories in the country.
China's first biosafety level-4 lab (BSL-4) for large animals became operational after being accredited by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment.
At a research facility in Gabon, one isolated building stands behind an electrified fence, under round-the-clock scrutiny by video cameras. The locked-down P4 lab is built to handle the world's most dangerous viruses, including Ebola.
The US Army for Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) has suspended Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) and Biosafety Level 4 (BSL-4) operations while conducting repairs to its waste treatment plant.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed a videoconferencing and multimedia network to be used during laboratory work, because although video conferencing already exists, many labs cannot use it in real time mostly due to the special circumstances in biocontainment labs.
The existing facility will need to be replaced by 2023.