The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will retain responsibility for constructing and commissioning the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF), while the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will assume responsibility for all operational planning and subsequent operation of NBAF.
BBC was given access inside Porton Down to see what the facility was like and, for the first time ever, entered a cleansed version of a level four laboratory.
A laboratory established in the Japan National Institute of Infectious Murayama Research Buildings in Musashimurayama in 2015 is the only one in Japan that is capable of handling BSL-4 level pathogens.
The Biological Light Fieldable Laboratory for Emergencies (B-LiFE) is designed to provide rapid identification of pathogens and to do so safely.
Research into dangerous viruses and bacteria is important, but for the deadliest pathogens, it’s not clear the benefits are worth the risks.
In the past few months, some of India’s leading virologists have moved from biosafety level 1 and 2 laboratories to biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) facilities.
Incidents causing potential exposures to pathogens occur frequently in the high security laboratories. Lab incidents that lead to undetected or unreported laboratory-acquired infections can lead to the release of a disease into the community outside the lab.
Clinical laboratories, such as public health or academic labs, commonly conduct procedures involving pathogens that are infectious via inhalation.
Taiwan's defense ministry has outlined a five-year initiative to beef up the island's biological warfare defense as well as a plan to upgrade a biosafety laboratory.
Various forms of biometrics are being incorporated at all US Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and other facilities using Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) pursuant to revised access controls for use with respect to individuals working with BSATs in response to serious security lapses.