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On Wednesday, the Politburo’s monthly study session tackled biosecurity governance.
Xi said that China’s management of biosecurity is not yet up to snuff.
Why is that a top-level concern (Xinhua 2)?
- “Biosecurity is vital to people’s health, long-term stability of the country, and future development of the nation.”
- “Biosecurity is an essential part of overall national security and an important force that may affect and even reshape the global landscape.”
Boy, don’t we know it.
To get things in good order, Xi Jinping said the government must:
- Improve early warning systems for disease outbreaks and other biosecurity risks
- Improve high-risk pathogen lab safety
- Make every effort to cut transmission of zoonotic diseases at source
- Strengthen border control and quarantine measures
- Carry out strict ethical reviews of biotechnological research and conduct moral education among scientists
It ain’t gonna be easy:
- “Enhancing governance capacity in relation to China’s biosecurity will be a long and arduous task requiring constant effort, Xi said.”
Get smart: The global pandemic has taught the Chinese leadership that there might have been some gaps in China’s biosecurity governance.
- That’s what we’d call a solid silver lining.
Get smarter: China’s first-ever Biosecurity Law took effect on April 15 this year. Following this study session, expect a quicker pace of related regulatory developments.