Virtual Biosecurity Center

Virtual Biosecurity Center

September 15, 2011

The release of a dangerous biological agent, whether intentional, accidental, or caused by a natural outbreak, could cause millions of casualties and result in far-reaching economic impacts. Now more than ever, biosecurity awareness, public health preparedness, and education about the responsible use of science and technology are crucial components for dealing with these threats.

 

 

The release of a dangerous biological agent, whether intentional, accidental, or caused by a natural outbreak, could cause millions of casualties and result in far-reaching economic impacts. Now more than ever, biosecurity awareness, public health preparedness, and education about the responsible use of science and technology are crucial components for dealing with these threats. The Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC) was developed in 2011 with a grant from the ODNI-led National Counter Proliferation Center and the Carnegie Corporation of New York as a “one-stop shop” for biosecurity information, education, best practices, and collaboration. A global multi-organizational initiative spearheaded by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), VBC is committed to countering the threat posed by the development or use of biological weapons and the responsible use of science and technology.

VBC resources include:

• Comprehensive biosecurity news and events, and an education center and library that is updated on a continuous basis with the most current information

• The Global Forum on Bio-risks, a collaborative online forum and tool for informing policy and empowering partnerships among professional biosecurity communities around the world

• A calendar of global conferences to raise awareness and develop plans to address both current and future biosecurity issues

• Education and partnership to help bridge the gap between the scientific, public health, intelligence, and law enforcement communities

• Translations into more than 50 languages