Myanmar Should Commit To Improving Its Biosecurity

Bangkok Post: Bolstering Myanmar’s biosecurity
Kyaw San Wai, senior analyst at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

“…While [ratifying the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC)] is an important step in improving [Myanmar’s] biosecurity, more must be done. … Myanmar’s public health challenges, geography, and increasing interconnectivity all contribute to the need for robust biosecurity capacities. … There are a number of platforms that Myanmar can use to bolster its biosecurity capacities. The newly launched Global Health Security Agenda, which focuses on preventing, detecting, and responding to infectious disease threats and includes many of Myanmar’s neighbors, is one. … [I]mproving the country’s biosecurity capacities will go a long way and have multiple benefits, contributing to public health, scientific innovation, and national security” (1/6).