Not that I really think much of the UN, but, Moscow has requested a meeting at this venue, so we’ll go where this news takes us.
The World Health Organization advised Ukraine to destroy high-threat pathogens housed in the country’s public health laboratories to prevent “any potential spills”
Or destroy any evidence?
The WHO statement came ahead of a UN Security Council emergency meeting on alleged manufacture of biological weapons in Ukraine at the request of Moscow.
Russia on Thursday accused the United States of funding research into the development of biological weapons in Ukraine.
Gain of Function Research?
Both Washington and Kyiv have denied the allegations.
But Victoria Nuland has confirmed this to be true. As has the WHO.
Biosecurity experts say Russia’s movement of troops into Ukraine and bombardment of its cities have raised the risk of an escape of disease-causing pathogens, should any of those facilities be damaged.
As part of this work, WHO has strongly recommended to the Ministry of Health in Ukraine and other responsible bodies to destroy high-threat pathogens to prevent any potential spills.
The WHO would not say when it had made the recommendation nor did it provide specifics about the kinds of pathogens or toxins housed in Ukraine’s laboratories. The agency also did not answer questions about whether its recommendations were followed.
On Wednesday, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that documents unearthed by Russian forces in Ukraine showed “an emergency attempt to erase evidence of military biological programmes” by destroying lab samples.
The WHO statement made no reference to biowarfare.
Of course it didn’t.