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Virus Sequestration


Survey biological materials and virus destruction

Undertake a survey of research centres, laboratories, universities where rinderpest virus activities historically took place to sequester rinderpest virus under biological safety level 3-plus (BSL 3-Agriculture) conditions.

 Specific actions

  • Conduct a worldwide survey of biological materials through questionnaires and on-site visits.
  • Create a database and official listing of all holdings of vaccines, vaccine virus seeds and strains of rinderpest virus.
  • Conduct field missions to assess/identify the capacities of laboratories for virus storage or destruction and determine compliance.
  • Maintain a Letter of Agreement with World Reference Laboratory for rinderpest and other morbilliviruses.