BGCAPP Begins Sarin Destruction

Last week full scale destruction of munitions containing Sarin began at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Candace Coyle, Blue Grass Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant site project manager commented “This is another major milestone toward eliminating the total chemical weapons stockpile in Kentucky.”

The CW stockpile at the Blue Grass Army Depot originally consisted of around 523 tons of chemical agent configured in 155mm projectiles containing H mustard and VX nerve agent, 8-inch projectiles containing sarin, and M55 rockets containing sarin and VX nerve agent. In June 2019, an explosive destruction technology began destroying the mustard stockpile. As of January 10, more than 15 tons of chemical agent have been destroyed in Kentucky, a news release said. 

 

Novel Coronavirus 2019

This month has seen a flourish of reporting, and speculation, about the novel Coronavirus (CoV) outbreak in China. This is understandable in the light of the havoc other CoV's have caused in the past, one only has to think back to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003 which resulted in the infection of over 8,000 people and the deaths of nearly 800 to understand why everyone is so interested in this latest CoV.  

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Ebola vaccine safety to be studied 5 years post vaccination

The Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccination (PREVAC) has launched a project called PREVAC-UP with the aim of evaluating three Ebola vaccine regimens for five years after vaccination.

The study will assess several factors of these treaments

  • long-term safety
  • durability of immune responses to them
  • effect of other infections on the immune response to vaccination

“This program is expected to significantly impact Ebola prevention and control in adults and children in Africa,” Dr. Yazdan Yazdanpanah, PREVAC Principal Investigator, said. “The study will also strengthen the capacity for science relevant to the development and evaluation of new vaccines in sub-Saharan Africa.”

You can learn more about the work of PREVAC here

CBRN Training in Vietnam

Source: Kênh Truyền hình Quốc phòng Việt Nam - National Defense Television Channel of Vietnam

A few weeks ago the Chemical Corps of the People's Army of Vietnam & local militia carried out a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (CBRN defense) training exercise in preperation for future responses to nuclear radiation leaks along the Chinese border.

China operates a 600 MW nuclear powerplant unit in Guangdong, 1,000 MW unit in Guangxi, and 650 MW unit in Hainan, all three of which are in close proximity to Vietnam. Should an accident occur at any one of them, all would have adverse affects on not just China, but also neighboring Vietnam. With a short distance of just 200-300 kilometers, the capital city of Hanoi and the Red River Delta are exposed.

Boston Registration Now Live

Registration for CBRNe Convergence 2020 in Boston is now live. Visit the event pages to find out what we have planned and to register your place now, early bird rates availeble until Saturday 1st August 2020.

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