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Use of Chemical, Biological Weapons Unacceptable in Any Context, Delegates Stress, as First Committee Continues General Debate | United Nations - Oct. 7, 2021 |

China's representative, however, pointed out that the United States unilaterally withdrew from the Protocol to the Biological Weapons Convention in 2001 and operates more than 200 biological labs outside its territory. They function in an opaque manner, posing serious risks for the Russian Federation and China, he said.  The United States and its allies also carry out activities in biological labs within their own territories, with the United States providing no information, he added, urging those States to operate in an open manner and to resume negotiations on a verifiable legally binding mechanism.

Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of the People's Republic of China and the Russia Federation on Strengthening the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction | MFA - Oct. 8, 2021 |

by Oui on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 07:03:00 PM EST
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Kanatzhan "Kanat" Alibekov [In Langley, Va aka Ken Alibek] and colleagues have sought to develop a product that would protect against an array of deadly viruses and bacteria, rather than just a single organism. In his lab, mice had survived doses of smallpox and anthrax. His "cocktail approach" - mixing more than one drug with other ingredients - was touted at news conferences in 2002 and 2004 by U.S. Representative H. James Saxton (R-N.J.), as "a potential new defense against bioterrorism". This scientific approach is very difficult to assess accurately and has not withstood scientific peer review.

Alibek has used his notoriety to promote "Dr. Ken Alibek's Immune System Support Formula," a dietary supplement sold over the Internet. This concoction of vitamins, minerals, and a proprietary bacterial mix will purportedly "bolster the immune system".

Even very smart scientists sometimes take a detour or a a dead end. (*) Soviet era whistleblower with Pentagon funding build Biosecurity lab in Almaty.

by Oui on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 07:08:48 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jan 12th, 2022 at 05:09:34 AM EST
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