News highlights on health security threats and countermeasures curated by Global Biodefense
This week’s selections include COVID-19 vaccination strategies; a history of nerve agents; bioethics of ‘supersoldier’ pharmacological enhancements; and digital warm-start CRISPR diagnostics.
POLICY + GOVERNMENT
Coronavirus Pandemic Stands to Force Changes in U.S. Spy Services
Preparing for biological outbreaks and climate change will become higher priorities for intelligence services under the Biden Administration. Intelligence tends to focus on terrorism, weapons, and military enemies – most notably China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea. “If those are one, two, three, four, this is 372” on the list of priorities, a senior Biden official told the WSJ about pandemic threats. “It’s that far away.” Biden vowed to bring the directorate for global health and…