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Bio-containment Labs Deployed to Fortify Capacity for Pandemic Response

Ormond Beach, FL, US – April 1st, 2020 – By mid-March, the emerging pandemic sounded alarms at the highest levels and Germfree was being asked to provide biological containment laboratories – fast. Calls came in from public health labs and researchers across the globe who work to contain local outbreaks and prevent regional epidemics. Now facing a pandemic, priorities shifted, and efforts intensified as did the need for bio-containment space. The global response to COVID-19 would reveal critical deficiencies in global laboratory capacity that now require fast, flexible solutions. “COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges to our global laboratory infrastructure,” said Dr. Steven Jones, Associate Provost for Health Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan and co-discoverer of a vaccine for Ebola. Jones has confronted these concerns with previous coronavirus outbreaks. “Our laboratory capabilities must be agile and responsive to potential biological threats in a wide range of scenarios. In 2014, I worked with Germfree to quickly deploy one of their laboratories to the Middle East to deal with MERS, which was very similar to the current pandemic virus.” Germfree-built facilities are in operation across the world, from resource-challenged regions to modern cities, including a high containment lab in Singapore at the forefront […]

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