Parliamentary panel bats for laws to counter bio-terrorism - The Hindu -22/11/2020

Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health’s report on the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and its management.

In Detail:

The committee has stressed on the need to formulate effective laws to counter bio-terrorism as one of the important lessons to be learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The seven-point action plan that is needed to ensure security against biological weapons.

The major aspects of this involve the following:

Strengthening research activities related to development of diagnostics, vaccines and drugs.
The Health Ministry should pursue strategic partnerships among different nations.

Strengthening disease surveillance, including at animal-human interface.
Training and capacity building for management of public health emergencies arising from use of bio-weapons.

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