smallpox facility passed WHO biosecurity inspection in January

smallpox facility passed WHO biosecurity inspection in January

The top secret Russian biological research facility which was shaken by an explosion earlier this week was given the all-clear to continue research on deadly pathogens in January, the World Health Organization has confirmed.
However, the organisation’s report on conditions at the lab has yet to be published.
On Monday, reports emerged that there had been a blaze and explosion at the Vector virology and biotechnology state research centre near Novosibirsk in Siberia, sparking widespread concern of a potential biosecurity threat.
The laboratory, one of the world’s largest, developed biological weapons during the Soviet era and currently houses samples of dangerous diseases including smallpox, anthrax and Ebola.
There is only one other facility in the world known to keep samples of smallpox – the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, US. Both are inspected by the WHO every two years to ensure they operate under “the highest requirements of biosafety and biosecurity”. 
A WHO spokesman told The Telegraph that Vector was last inspected in January 2019 and the full report will be published soon, following “scientific and secure clearance”. An assessment of the CDC lab, which was inspected in May, will be made available at the same time. 

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