06 May, 2020
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Part of: GS-II- International issues (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST)
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of several world powers in the event of the use of biological weapons against them by rogue states and terrorist groups. The United States, Britain and the Soviet Union were involved in developing complex biological weapons programs after World War II and several nations continue to do so currently as well.
Bioterrorism or Biological Attack: It is the intentional release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs that can sicken or kill people, livestock or crops.
Biological Weapons: They use microorganisms and natural toxins to produce disease in humans, animals, or plants.
It is a substantial threat because small amounts of biotic agents can be effortlessly hidden, transported and discharged into vulnerable populations. It can impact and expose military and civilian susceptibilities to biological weapons and to the complexity of offering ample safeguards.
Covid-19: Bioweapon or Not
Combating Bioterrorism (PT)
The studies conducted to assess the actual efficiency of counter-bioterrorism measures are insufficient and need to be changed. It becomes important that engaged and methodical efforts in studying the efficiency of counter-bioterrorism measures are applied in a meticulous way.
It should be taken into account that the implementation of some specific counter-bioterrorism practices can possibly have consequences with respect to human rights, institutional liberties, fundamental democratic values and the Rule of Law.
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