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Global facility launched by WHO for pathogen storage, sharing and analysis / BioHub
Two minute reads :
The World Health Organization ( WHO ) and Switzerland have signed an MoU to launch a BioHub facility.
- MoU : Memorandum Of Understanding
- It will allow rapid sharing of pathogens between laboratories and partners to facilitate better analysis and preparedness against them.
- The BioHub system is an important step towards facilitating this flow of information.
- Switzerland supports the WHO BioHub initiative in it’s initial phase by providing the necessary infrastructure of a swiss biosafety laboratory in Spiez.
- This facility will facilitate global preparedness against these pathogens.
The facility will help in the :
- Safe reception
- Preparation of biological materials
The biohub will enable Member States to share biological material under pre – agreed conditions, including biosafety, bio security and other applicable regulations.
It will contribute to the establishment of an international exchange system for novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2 and other emerging pathogens.
Important takeaways of WHO :
- Formation : 7 April, 1948
- Headquarters : Geneva, Switzerland
- Director General : Tedros Adhanom
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