RELEASE: The Council on Strategic Risks and Sandia National Laboratories Issue New Report on Lessons from COVID-19 for Stopping Biological Threats

Washington, DC and Livermore, CA, February 24, 2021 —  The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to take devastating tolls on America and the world, with hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of infections in the United States alone.  In August…

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…

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…

The Importance of Climate and Health Security: Sherri Goodman on the ‘Things That Go Boom’ Podcast

By Mackenzie Allen  Leading health experts have warned about the possibility of a pandemic like COVID-19 for many years. Yet as a nation, the United States was disastrously unprepared. In part, this may be due to health security having been…

Complex Emergencies and Alliance Strength

Progress of storms and hurricanes (green) and wildfires (orange), 9/16/2020 By Christine Parthemore Late summer 2020 is serving as yet another reminder that the 21st century will be profoundly shaped by complex and compounding emergencies. In the United States alone,…

Early Warning in Preventing Future Pandemics: Incredible Opportunity & Major Hurdles

Data will be one of the central components of preventing future outbreaks from growing to pandemic proportions. This holds for natural disease outbreaks and for deliberate biological attacks. Our tools and methods for collecting, analyzing, and using data are incredible…

Preparing for the Next Pandemic: A Scenario Exercise

By Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü The following is a hypothetical future scenario that revolves around possible international efforts to counter another pandemic. It is by no means supposed to be a blueprint for an international response mechanism. Nevertheless, the author hopes…

Rose Gottemoeller and Andy Weber on the Future of Nuclear and Biological Threats

Correspondent Dana Lewis’ most recent “BackStory” podcast covers the worrying increase in global nuclear and biological threats. For the show, Lewis interviews two leading lights in the field: Rose Gottemoeller, former Lead Negotiator for the New Start Treaty, and Andy Weber,…