Ukraine needs to update the legal framework in the sphere of biosecurity
The working group on a comprehensive analysis of the treatment of highly dangerous pathogens in Ukraine recommends that the Staff of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine apply to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with a proposal for an unscheduled inspection of microbiological institutions and their protection.
Members of the working group headed by Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Solovyov heard and discussed information on the feasibility of creating a single general register of laboratories working with pathogens of different pathogenicity groups and conducting bacteriological, serological and sanitary-microbiological studies of food products and objects of the environment.
They also discussed the creation of a register of laboratories working with particularly dangerous pathogens and a register of strains of highly dangerous microorganisms to prevent their illegal and unauthorized use, as well as to identify threats to Ukraine’s national interests and national security.
Opening the meeting of the working group, the Deputy NSDC Secretary noted that the pandemic of coronavirus infection has demonstrated the vulnerability of modern society to viral infections and the potential of their use as biological weapons for large-scale terrorist acts.
According to him, given the current situation in the world, it is necessary to strengthen measures to ensure the biological security of Ukraine. “It is necessary to develop a strong and coordinated response to defend Ukraine’s national interests”, - he said.
Among the priority measures, according to Mr. Solovyov, is the “urgent update” of the legal framework in the sphere of biosecurity, which should be harmonized with international standards, as well as an inventory of microbiological institutions and their protection.
“We need a common state system of indication of biological pathogens, the procedure for rapid response to them and effective mechanisms for all government agencies to respond to emergencies involving pathogens”, - he stressed.
The working group, which included well-known epidemiologists, microbiologists and infectious disease specialists, food safety specialists, etc., provided the NSDC Staff with a number of recommendations on the need to take measures to ensure Ukraine’s biosecurity.