A new webinar dedicated to developing surge capacity to respond to pandemics was organised recently within the framework of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE). Hosted on 11 August by the EU CBRN CoE’s Project 81 BIOSEC – Enhanced Biosecurity in South East Asia, this latest session in a series of webinars addressed the management of SARS-CoV-2 waste generated from different settings.
The featured presentation was delivered by Mr. Thomas Pottage, Public Health England (PHE),who described the latest scientific data on the viability of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on a variety of surfaces and the implications for the management of waste materials generated in a variety of environments including healthcare and domestic waste.
The webinar attracted 55 delegates from across the South-East Asia (SEA) region as well as Barbados, Ghana, and Australia, who posed questions about legislation and practical measures for the inactivation of waste, including waste water.
The webinar was opened by Mr. John Jones., Team Leader and Key Expert for Project 81, with welcome addresses from Atty. Florentino Manalastas, Jr., Assistant Head of the CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat for South East Asia (RS SEA) and Dr. Robert Frank, Regional Cooperation Officer for SEA for Global and Trans-Regional Threats. A panel of experts, including Dr. Christopher Logue, Public Health England (PHE), Dr. Alexander Hamilton, CBRN CoE Regional Coordinator for South-East Asia, and Dr. Sabai Phyu, On-Site Assistance (OSA) Expert for SEA, were available to take questions from delegates.
The next webinar in this series of webinars dedicated to developing surge capacity to respond to pandemics will take place on 29 September 2021. The session will address training for laboratory staff in the end-to-end laboratory diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 and will include access to an e-learning package developed by Project 81.
Further information provided by PHE can be found on the CBRN CoE Project 81 website.
About EU CBRN CoE’s Project 81 ‘BIOSEC – Enhanced Biosecurity in South East Asia’
Funded by the European Union and delivered on behalf of the EU CBRN CoE by a diverse and highly experienced European consortium, Project 81 has the objective to enhance biosecurity in South-East Asia in a holistic manner through multi-sectoral involvement.
Led by Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions Europe, the project is being delivered in partnership with, and supporting current activities in, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
In addition to having regional experts and subject specialists, project activities are developed by the consortium partners Sustainable Criminal Justice Solutions Europe (SCJS); Public Health England (PHE); Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC); Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) ; Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU); European CBRNe Center, Umeå University; University of Oxford, and Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Virology and Bioemergencies, “Luigi Sacco” University Hospital (CLIMBVIB).
- CBRN areas
- Bio-safety/bio-securityProtection of material/facilitiesPublic and infrastructure protectionPublic health impact mitigationWaste management
- CBRN categories
- CoE Region
- SEA - Southeast Asia