WHO urges Ukrainian labs to destroy pathogens as war rages on

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that high-risk pathogens stored in labs in Ukraine are destroyed to avoid potential leaks, which could spread disease.

Damage to non-military buildings in Ukraine has been common due to heavy shelling. | Photo: State Emergency Service/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Ukraine has a number of laboratories that research disease threats in both animals and humans, including Covid-19.

The labs have previously received support from the US, EU and WHO, but there are now fears that the Russian invasion of Ukraine and heavy bombardment of all kinds of buildings could affect laboratories, and cause leaks that may endanger the public, Reuters reports.

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