Evaluation of the Lab Escape risk by the Chinese authorities

Yang Zhanqiu’s evaluation of the risk in Chinese BSL labs (16th Feb 2020):

‘Notice on Strengthening the Biosafety Management of Pathogenic Microorganism Laboratories’ (9th Feb 2020)

  • cooperation in the review of new, developed or expanded BSL-3 and BSL-4 labs
  • increased sharing of information relative to BSL-3 and BSL-4 labs across departments
  • improved regulation of the attributions of authorisations for experimental activities
  • suspension of any lab activity if the lab cannot meet the approval or review criteria

Yuan Zhiming’s evaluation of the risk in Chinese BSL-2 and BSL-3 labs (Oct 2019):

Yuan Zhiming & al evaluation of the risk in Chinese BSL labs (2016):

Mainstream article in the China Daily mentioning the risk of working with dangerous pathogens in labs (2015):

Chinese CDC (Beijing) review of general issues with the construction and operation of BSL-3 labs in China (2014):

References:

A count of BSL-3 labs in China

Ways of counting labs

  • One can count individual labs. For instance the P3 of the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory at the Zhengdian site (NBL-3) has 5 BSL-3 individual labs [11].
  • One can count lab-complexes in the same building. In this case the 5 individual BSL-3 labs at the NBL-3 should be counted as one.

Number of [A]BSL-3 labs across time

[A]BSL-3 Lab-count, using publicly available data [authors]

Available BSL-3 counts:

  • An article in the Southern Metropolis Daily (南方都市报) [81] gives the most detailed recent counts that we could find in Chinese sources:
  • The ‘National Biosafety Systems’ review [82] by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for Health Security (2016) mentions 63 accredited BSL-3/ABSL-3 labs in China.
  • Yuan Zhiming [59] gives a detailed count as of end 2013:
  • At least 30 [A]BSL-3 laboratories built and more 10 planned, based on respondents to a Nov 2013 survey [63].
  • ‘In addition, as of August 31, 2013, there were 42 BSL-3 laboratories in China’, as per 2016 paper co-authored by Yuan Zhiming [60].

Our own count of BSL-3s:

List of BSL-3 Labs in China as of August 2020

What about BSL-4s?

References:

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