| Biological weapon |
(WMD, poison, disease, organism)
|Interest of||• Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy|
• George C. Marshall Institute
• Steven J. Hatfill
• Bruce Ivins
• Project MKNAOMI
Biological weapons are organisms intended for use as destructive agents, typically by infecting and killing people.
2009 avian flu contamination
In February 2009, Baxter International shipped 72 kg material to 16 laboratories in 4 countries. The material was marked as vaccine, but contained live H5N1 avian flu virus material as well as a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses.
Research into biological weapons is allowed for defensive purposes. In practice, this is difficult or impossible to differentiate from offensive research.
Level 4 Bioweapons labs
Research into the most hazardous substances are carried out at Biosafety level 4 facilities. The only such facility in mainland China is the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 8.6 miles from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market identified by the World Health Organization as linked to a cluster of 44 people who became unwell with pneumonia of unknown cause, at the start of the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
|2001 Anthrax attacks||A week after 9/11, weaponised anthrax spores was sent from a US lab to media offices and to two U.S. Senators who were obstructing the rollback of civil liberties. A $100M FBI investigation concluded that posthumously blamed a "lone nut" researcher. In 2015, the FBI head of the investigation sued the US Attorney General alleging that exculpating evidence had been withheld.|
|Document:Operation Black Dog||article||2000||David Guyatt||The story of a US covert, airborne biological weapons attack on Iraq during the first US-Iraq war of 1990|