Biological warfare; the mass release of harmful germs and biological agents that kills masses and masses of families, communities and nations.
We know of bacteria that has spread and killed thousands of people around the world, and the call to implement and the prohibition of the development, production and stockpiling of biological and toxin weapons and on destruction is one to be taken with great heed.
Yesterday, on the 40th anniversary of the Biological Weapons Convention, African Union Chairperson of the Commission Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma emphasized that contribution to the convention’s national implementation measures provides an aid in strengthening public health – with focus on training and capacity building, improving bio-safety and bio-security, and enhancing capacities for surveillance and detection of disease outbreaks (all according to a press release from the African Union Commission). Dlamini-Zuma believes that such measures are a forward movement to improving response to disease outbreaks.
With reference to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak – she further reiterated that all member states must ratify and accede the the convention without delay, and carry out necessary national measures in compliance with the provisions of the Biological Weapons Convention.
Biological Weapons to have their history on our soils, with countries such as Algeria and Sudan suspected to be carrying out research on producing biological weapons where as South Africa is known to have ended all biological weapon activity, (their biological weapon activity stems from the apartheid era, where a top-secret chemical and biological weapons program termed Project Coast was instituted by the South African Government during the apartheid era.)