Despite a long history of disease violations in civilian and military research labs, there are no common international standards governing safety and monitoring in the hundreds of labs around the world that create research similar to that conducted by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
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the also alive debate over if COVID-19 could be the result of an accident release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology it may not be enough to provide a solution. Either way, there is a risk that we won’t find the wood for the trees.
But the real problem isn’t what could have happened in China – it’s that there was no meaningful international legal rule in the first place.
The United Nations’ Convention on Biological Difference put the concern of individual countries to control their own biotech industry. While there are protocols for the safe management and transfer of living modified organisms, there are still inconsistent international standards manages laboratory safety, monitoring and information sharing.
It’s about, given the long history of disease violations in civilian and military research studies.
The laboratory escape included small beak (1966, 1972 and 1978), H1N1 “swine flu” (1977 but probably a sample during the 1950s), Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis (1995) and at least six outbreaks of SARS (with two separate events in the same laboratory in Beijing in 2004).
In 2014, it was estimated that up to 75 workers could be exposed to anthrax after a accident at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which raises real concerns about pathogen safety. In the same year, five researchers died while working Ebola in West Africa in Sierra Leone.
The origin of COVID remains a mystery. Nature has asked scientists about hypothetical arguments that it was made in a lab in China, or escaped from one. To reporters @amymaxmen and @SmritiMallapaty https://t.co/E4CiKgGy7y
– Nature (@Nature) June 8, 2021
The rapid advancement of biotechnology and the decentralization of research industries have only one. increased the potential risks. Without more control, it is feared that a new or surviving disease may develop. unintentionally released.
Na, researchers accidentally created a deadly mouse-pox virus, which intentionally produced a synthetic filter of the polio virus, resurrected the virus that caused the 1918 flu and created a contagious horse-pox virus by order DNA fragments online.
The potential danger from enemy states or terrorist activity in this area is clear, making the lack of world governance all the more alarming.
This is true even at the highest risk of “biosafety level 4”Laboratories, such as Wuhan. The analysis suggests these facilities can be run safely, but individual countries and regions such as Europe put themselves standards. There is also a gap in readiness among rich and poor countries.
A report by a U.S. government national laboratory concludes that the hypothesis claiming that the coronavirus was released from a Chinese lab is credible and still deserves to be investigated. https://t.co/oRjlAJQ6Ea
– The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) June 8, 2021
The danger of bioterrorism
More than WHO instructions, however, there is no universal law, regulation or international administration that governs even the basic requirements, such as external independent inspection. We don’t know how many have level 4 labs. Officially there are 54, but some may remain undisclosed for national security reasons.
Excluded military establishments from independent management contribute to the problem. A international convention the manufacture, storage and use of biowe weapons is prohibited, but there are only slow commitments to follow and monitor. Attempts to create a complete verification protocol have so far failed.
The UN Security Council, which monitors this regime, has noticed a disturbing trend in countries not included in its voluntary mechanism and lack of effective restraint.
In any case, many countries lack sufficient capacity to detect disease outbreaks. Those with capacity are often uncoordinated and ineffective.
The general failure of effective management makes risk of bioterrorism taller than it should be.
Global agreement is urgently needed
Whether or not the real truth about Wuhan emerges, whether the international community is serious about reducing the risk of biotech accidents can be looked into. Convention on Nuclear Safety as a model.
It means a system for the implementation of world standards, independent analysis and support for the most practical scientific knowledge.
Any area or area where there is a significant risk from human activity that could be intentional, accidental or unmanaged causing an outbreak should be covered.
All countries need to be more transparent in order to accept such an international mandate based on laws. And while it is possible, even perhaps, that China should improve its own systems, it is certainly far from alone in that.
Originally published on The Speech.