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 As a part of our ongoing talk series, we bring to you an interactive discussion with Mr. Abhijit Iyer Mitra on “China and the Biosecurity of Humanity”.

The WHO describes the aim of biosecurity as being "to enhance the ability to protect human health, agricultural production systems, and the people and industries that depend on them", with the overarching goal being "to prevent, control and/or manage risks to life and health as appropriate to the particular biosecurity sector".

In the beginning, China was much criticized for its opaque handling of the crisis, with the connivance of WHO. Some scientists had questioned whether the coronavirus was indeed a man-made phenomenon. There were many scholarly articles seeking accountability before the International Court of Justice. President Trump had also talked in terms of accountability. However seemingly no hard action was taken. Recently a report has surfaced showing that the Chinese military sought to weaponize the virus as far back as 2015. The WHO it seems has refused to outright dismiss this report (even under a very pliant chief). At the very least it seems the allegation is that the virus leaked negligently from the Wuhan Government Lab.


About the speaker

Mr. Abhijit Iyer Mitra is a journalist, researcher, defence & international security expert. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. He specializes in defence economics, technology & procurements, and nuclear dynamics. He also deals with governance issues and non-traditional security threats. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, and Stimson Center, Washington, DC.


Topic- China and the Biosecurity of Humanity

Date: 18th May 2021 (Tuesday)

Time: 5:30 PM

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Platform: Cisco WebEx