Freemuslim Association’s researcher, Alessandra Vetrano, attended Biological Warfare and Pandemics in the Middle East: Confronting a Growing Crisis Confirmation

The Middle East Institute hosted an online broadcast of “Biological Warfare and Pandemics in the Middle East: Confronting a Growing Crisis Confirmation” with speakers Jessica Bell, Chen Kane, and Asha George. In this event, the speakers discussed the dangers of biological weapons, how countries can prepare for future pandemics, and the importance of international cooperation when faced with global pandemics. Biological warfare impacts people in more ways than just health security. It creates greater political instability, urbanization, and the growth of technology and biological weapons makes it hard for governments to keep up with it to create effective policies to prevent the impact in future pandemics. Many diseases that come from biological warfare are persistent and can infect a human, but it could take days before showing symptoms. This makes it very difficult for countries to prepare for an outbreak because it could already be spreading without anyone knowing. The speakers noted that therefore governments should be accurately reporting the cases and the information that they have. International cooperation and globalized responses are essential in global pandemics because it will lower the risk of proliferation.

At Freemuslim, we support international cooperation in times of crisis, including global pandemics. As we have learned from COVID-19, diseases spread everywhere and does not target just one region. With international cooperation, a nonviolent reaction to biological warfare and globalized response it will lessen the destruction of a global pandemic.