Biosecurity regulation to manage diseases

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The law stipulates that biosecurity is a key component of national security and a holistic approach to national security should be adopted in safeguarding biosecurity.
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China’s top legislative body has passed a new biosecurity law aimed at preventing and managing infectious diseases.

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee voted to adopt the law on Saturday, and it would come into effect on April 15, 2021.

The law stipulates that biosecurity is a key component of national security and a holistic approach to national security should be adopted in safeguarding biosecurity.

The law would establish 11 basic systems for biosecurity risk prevention and control, including risk monitoring and early warning, risk investigation and assessment, and information sharing.

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

“Any work unit or individual has the right to report acts that endanger biosecurity,” the regulation said.

“When a report is required according to the law, no work unit or individual shall conceal (it)... or hinder others from making a report,” it added on infectious diseases and epidemics.

Those who conceal information, omit making reports or prevent others from reporting infectious diseases could be given warnings or suspended.

Disease prevention agencies are also to help predict the occurrence and prevalence of emerging diseases.

China had announced in May that it aimed to fast-track the passing of the biosecurity law by year-end, following the global coronavirus outbreak.

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