Existing and emerging high threat pathogens form a continuous threat to global health security. A timely and reliable response to the emergence of pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, the mosquito-borne Zika and West Nile viruses, orthohantaviruses, and bacteria like Franciscella tularensis, Bacillus anthracis and Mycobacterium tuberculosis require accurate, safe and secure laboratory systems. Our Collaborating Centre supports WHO in laboratory system and expertise strengthening through capacity and capability building in laboratory preparedness & response activities to high threat pathogens and biorisk management. WHO activities are supported by the provision of technical support, advice and the development of assessment tools. 


The WHO Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Preparedness and Response for High Threat Pathogens and Biorisk is coordinated by Dr Doctor (Doctor ) Chantal Reusken (laboratory preparedness and response) and Dr Saskia Rutjes (Biorisk management) of RIVM's Centre for Infectious Disease Control.

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