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Global Biodefense – 20 February 2020

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Headline News

Biosecurity + Biodefense Jobs


SOCMED Highlights

Failure to adequately fund the World Health Organization response to PHEICs (COVID-19 and Ebola)
On changing case definitions for COVID-19 in China
On ‘asymptomatic’ transmission, chronic and latent infection in the COVID-19 discourse


Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium

18-19 MARCH 2020

  • Driving Medical Countermeasures Development to Limit the Adverse Health Effects of CBRN Incidents
  • Modernizing Capabilities for Rapid and Accurate Threat Detection + Assessment
  • Supporting Enhanced Warfighter and Emergency Personnel Protection


Contracts, Grants + Innovation Challenges

Feb 28: NIAID BAA Proposals Due Advanced Development of Vaccine Candidates for Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) Associated with Enterovirus D68

Mar 31: EZ BAA Deadline: Novel Coronavirus Rapid Diagnostic Concise abstract submissions due for BARDA development funding of SARS-CoV-2 molecular diagnostics.

Apr 6: Influenza Data Processing and Outreach Contract proposals due for the Influenza Data Processing and Communication Center (iDPCC).

Apr 9: Radiation/Nuclear Medical Countermeasures Development Supports MCMs to mitigate and/or treat tissue injuries resulting from exposure to ionizing radiation

Apr 9: Therapeutic Products for Biodefense, AMR Infections, and Emerging Infectious Diseases Supports development of promising new therapeutics to address infections caused by NIAID Category A, B, and C priority pathogens and select bacterial and fungal infections.

Apr 9: Advanced Development of Diagnostics for Biothreats and EID BAA topic supports development of novel, rapid sample-to-answer candidate diagnostic products that will address biodefense and pandemic preparedness.

Jul 2: NIBIB Technology Accelerator Challenge: Handheld Diagnostics Anticipated to be released this month, this innovation competition will spur design and development of non-invasive, handheld, digital diagnostic devices that will target anemia, sickle cell disease, malaria, and other blood-related diseases.

Pharmaceutical Cargo Security Initiative Health Care Supply Chain Survey The purpose of this survey is to gather information from pharmaceutical owners and operators regarding the coronavirus outbreak, including concerns and challenges.

Partners + Industry News

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TWiV 586: Coronavirus Update: Wash Your Hands TWiV team discusses the fatality rate, China’s initial reaction to the outbreak, conspiracy theories, how long the virus remains infectious on surfaces, and evidence for virus in the intestinal tract. This Week in Virology

COVID-19: What’s Happening Now IDSA speaks with Drs. Elisa Choi of Harvard Medical School, Amesh Adalja of Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security & Adeel Butt of Weill Cornell Medicine about the latest COVID-19 response efforts, public risk here and abroad, & the effects of recent travel restrictions. IDSA

Prevention, Protection, and Paediatrics During COVID-19 Dr Shunmay Yeung is a paediatrician who specialises in infectious diseases, and was one of the first LSHTM responders to the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Here, she discusses personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers during outbreaks, advice for how the public can best protect themselves, and why children don’t seem to be affected by COVID-19. LSHTM Viral

COVID-19 Special Episode with Dr. Jonathan (Jono) Quick, author of The End of Epidemics and Professor at Duke University PDR Podcast

Novel Coronavirus Panel at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Johns Hopkins University

The Emerging Role of Pathogen Genomics in Public Health CDC

Journal Watch + Research Updates


Feb 24: CDC National Call Series on Novel Coronavirus Monitoring and Preparedness

CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) response team will host a series of national calls to continue providing state and local partners with the latest information on the novel coronavirus outbreak and U.S. preparedness efforts. Learn more.

Feb 25-26: Developing MCMs to Treat Acute and Chronic Effects of Ocular Chemical Toxicity

A U.S. Trans-Agency Scientific Meeting on Developing Medical Countermeasures to Treat Acute and Chronic Effects of Ocular Chemical Toxicity will be held Feb 25-26, 2020 at the NIAID Conference Center in Rockville, Md. Learn more

Feb 26: Emerging Bioethical Issues in Biomedical Research: A Workshop

A planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will conduct a one day workshop on Feb 26, 2020 to bring together stakeholders to discuss potential ethical issues that may arise from new and emerging trends in biomedical research. Event is also webcast. Learn more.

Feb 29 – Mar 3: 16th CDC International Symposium on Biosafety

The 16th CDC International Symposium on Biosafety – Laboratory Safety and Security for Clinical, Public Health, Research and Animal Care will be held 29 February – 4 March, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more

Mar 2: CDC National Call Series on Novel Coronavirus Monitoring and Preparedness

CDC’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) response team will host a series of national calls to continue providing state and local partners with the latest information on the novel coronavirus outbreak and U.S. preparedness efforts. Learn more.

Mar 3-5: Mitigating the Impact of Blast-related Burn Injuries: From Prolonged Field Care to Rehabilitation and Resilience

The 9th DoD State-of-the-Science Meeting on Blast Injury Research will be held March 3-5, 2020 in Arlington. The meeting will address epidemiology and outcomes of blast-related burn injuries; prevention and acute management of blast-related burn injuries; prolonged field care and chronic care; and transforming research. Learn more REGISTRATION IS FULL

Feb 27: House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation: Coronavirus Disease 2019: The U.S. and International Response

Officials from the State Department and the CDC Director will testify. Learn more


Mar 12: Center for the Study of WMD Spotlight Seminar: Coronavirus and Biosecurity

The panel will feature experts in the fields of bioterrorism, biosurveillance, and infectious disease who can provide timely context for the outbreak. Learn more

Mar 18: Next Evolution: Overhauling Key Elements of Biodefense

The Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense will discuss the Federal Select Agent Program, BioWatch, and the Hospital Preparedness Program at this meeting in DC (and webcast). Learn more

Mar 18-19: Joint Civil + DoD CBRN Symposium

An annual gathering of the most respected minds in the CBRN defense community, including operational leaders, intelligence providers, key policymakers and solution providers from Industry and Academia. Register now

Mar 26-30: Decennial 2020 – International Conference on Healthcare Associated Infections

Held once every ten years, the Decennial Conference reviews the advances of the previous decade and the opportunities and trends for the fields of healthcare epidemiology, infectious diseases, and infection prevention and control for the future. Learn more

Mar 31-Apr 3: Preparedness Summit 2020

The NACCHO will host this year’s 2020 Preparedness Summit from 31 March – 3 April 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

Apr 20-24: Achieving Data Quality and Integrity in Maximum Containment Laboratories Training Event

This BSL-4 training event 20-24 April is co-sponsored by the FDA and UTMB Galveston National Lab. Learn more.

May 28-29: Critical Public Health Value of Vaccines in the Age of Pandemics

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Board on Global Health will host a 1.5-day public workshop May 28-29 that will examine the current state of vaccine preventable diseases and the impact of vaccine access and hesitancy globally, and the multidimensional drivers and impacts of declining vaccine confidence. Learn more

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