Building Partnerships for Biological Threats Prevention, Preparedness and Response [September 5, 2012]   [open pdf - 104KB]

These are the remarks given by Greg Delawie, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, at the International Conference on Health and Security in Washington, DC on September 5, 2012. As stated by Mr. Delawie: "In her remarks at the Review Conference, Secretary Clinton underscored our commitment to building an environment of openness and collaboration in our biodefense enterprise and outlined the planned activities for this Initiative. One such activity was a tour of United States Government biodefense facilities, in order to offer direct insight into our programs. The goal was to help to build understanding and confidence in our defense work and further demonstrate our commitment with respect to biological threat preparedness and response. I am pleased to report that the tour took place on July 24th at Fort Detrick, Maryland. It provided a clearer picture of how the many parts of the U.S. Government contribute to our biodefense programs and presented a new window for our guests into how we collaborate with each other and our international partners for the benefit of the public at large. It is our impression that in addition to the tour, briefings provided by the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Agriculture on the scope of our biodefense efforts were also well-received by the Ambassadors who participated. [...] I believe, we achieved in our goal to remove misconceptions about ongoing research and showcase that our biodefense work is overwhelmingly open and public."

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International Conference on Health and Security. Washington, DC. September 5, 2012
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