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China passes biosecurity law to prevent infectious diseases

Reuters reports that, according to an announcement from China’s state news agency Xinhua on Saturday 17 October 2020, China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, passed a new biosecurity law aimed at preventing and managing infectious diseases.

The law would establish systems for biosecurity risk prevention and control, including risk monitoring and early warning, risk investigation and assessment, and information sharing.

It would also have provisions to prevent and respond to specific biosecurity risks, including major emerging infectious diseases, epidemic and sudden outbreaks, and biotechnology research, development and application, reported Xinhua.

Read the Reuters article.