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WHO Asks Ukraine Labs to Destroy Pathogens to Avoid Spills

March 11, 2022, 11:58 AM

The World Health Organization asked laboratory facilities in Ukraine to dispose of potentially harmful pathogens to avoid spills as Russia’s assault on the country carries into its third week.

The request was part of normal safety protocols, Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesman in Lviv, Ukraine, told a media briefing in Geneva on Friday. In the case of a threat, “labs should dispose of pathogens safely to avoid spills,” he said.

The spokesman didn’t identify what pathogens might be at risk nor when the guidance was given to the Ukrainian labs. The move was first reported by Reuters.

Separately, the WHO ...