WHO warns Ukraine to destroy all ‘high-threat’ lab viruses as Russia encircles Kiev

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Biosecurity experts have already raised the alarm over the risk of a deadly virus escaping from a Ukrainian lab as Russia bombards the country with missiles. Now, the WHO has advised the country to destroy high-threat pathogens housed in the country’s public health labs. Like many countries across the world, Ukraine scientists research how to mitigate the threats of dangerous diseases affecting both animals and humans including, most recently, COVID-19.

Its labs have received support from the US, EU and the WHO, according to Reuters.

The WHO told the agency: “As part of this work, WHO has strongly recommended to the Ministry of Health in Ukraine and other responsible bodies to destroy high-threat pathogens to prevent any potential spills.”

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