Event Summary: COVID-19 Response Technologies & Their Future Role in Pathogen Early Warning

By Lillian Parr On February 23, the Council on Strategic Risks (CSR) hosted a webinar (video below) titled COVID-19 Response Technologies & Their Future Role in Pathogen Early Warning. While pathogen early warning capabilities have been growing and improving for…

Event: COVID-19 Response Technologies & Their Future Role in Pathogen Early Warning

By Lillian Parr Join the Council on Strategic Risks as we host COVID-19 Response Technologies & Their Future Role in Pathogen Early Warning on Wednesday, February 23 from 12:00–12:45 EST. RSVP here. This discussion will be hosted by Christine Parthemore,…

On the Verge – Lessons from Japan’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (005)

In this episode, Christine Parthemore, the CEO of the Council on Strategic Risks, interviews Dr. Tomoya Saito, director of the Department of Health Crisis Management at Japan’s National Institute of Public Health. Dr. Saito is taking part in his country’s COVID-19…

A Recipe for Disaster? Dual-Use Knowledge During COVID

By Yong-Bee Lim Nature Protocols published an article on January 29, 2021 that is making waves in the biorisk community. Titled “Engineering SARS-CoV-2 Using a Reverse Genetic System,” this article outlines a detailed protocol on how researchers can engineer variants…

The Biden Administration & Biothreats: Week One

President Biden signing a bill for COVID-19 testing, flanked by Vice President Harris and Dr. Fauci, January 21, 2021 By William Beaver  After stepping away from the podium on Inauguration Day, President Biden got to work on fulfilling campaign promises,…

Time to Double Down on DoD Investments in Platform Technologies for Combating Biological Threats

US Marines and USNS Mercy in Los Angeles for COVID-19 response, 26 March 2020 (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alexa M. Hernandez/Released) By William BeaverThe race to create a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 has shown the world the potential of…

New SARS-CoV-2 Strain in the United States

Larger-scale genome sequencing needed to bolster early warning  By William Beaver The COVID-19 crisis has made clear that the United States and most other countries need to significantly improve their disease detection capabilities. This pressing need—and a glimpse at part…

Lessons from Japan’s Response to COVID-19, Part 2: A CSR Podcast Episode

By Christine Parthemore Sadly, the United States continues to lead the world in cases and mortality from COVID-19, with more than 7.8 million confirmed cases and more than 215,000 Americans dead. Japan continues to perform exceptionally well in keeping COVID-19…