Chapter

Acting Globally

Lynn C. Klotz and Edward J. Sylvester

in Breeding Bio Insecurity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226444055
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226444079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226444079.003.0010
Acting Globally

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The confidence-building measures by the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) included information on defensive programs, high-biocontainment laboratories, vaccine manufacturing plants, and infectious disease outbreaks. A major detractors' argument is that bioweapons agents can be destroyed in a short time, unlike hundreds of drums of chemicals agents. So, it is asserted that the BWC is unverifiable even with the added protocol, and no parallel can be drawn with verification under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Global support is a must for the strongest interpretations of both the BWC and the CWC and it becomes necessary to embrace the biosecurity trinity. If thinking globally does not lead to acting globally, a future as dangerous as the paranoia has conjured might be faced on a global level.

Keywords: Biological Weapons Convention; BWC; Chemical Weapons Convention; CWC; global support; globally; biosecurity

Chapter.  6716 words. 

Subjects: Biotechnology

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