Dany Shoham

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  • About the Genomic Origin and Direct Source of the Pandemic Virus

    The debate over the genomic origin and direct source of the pandemic virus has intensified due to recent analyses concerning activities that had taken place in Wuhan prior to the initial outbreak and thereafter. Revisiting various aspects which are related to this development appears to be imperative, as certain early indications seem to converge with those analyses, while other recent analyses are contradictory.

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    April-June 2022

    China's Biological Warfare Programme and the Curious Case of Dr. Xiangguo Qiu

    In July 2019 Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, an outstanding Chinese scientist, her colleague and husband Keding Cheng, and an unknown number of her students from China were removed from Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said that it advised the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) about “possible policy breaches.” Qiu was also a part of the team that developed ZMapp, an experimental treatment for Ebola used during the 2014 outbreak in West Africa.

    July-December 2019

    The Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention

    The recent BWC Review Conference faced various challenges emanating from a range of developments that took place during the last five years, alongside with lingering issues already existing for a long period of time. The related contents and interfaces are here presented and assessed briefly.

    January-March 2016

    China’s Biological Warfare Programme: An Integrative Study with Special Reference to Biological Weapons Capabilities

    This study attempts to profile China’s biological warfare programme (BWP), with special reference to biological weapons (BW) capabilities that exist in facilities affiliated with the defence establishment and the military. For that purpose, a wide variety of facilities affiliated with the defence establishment and with the military are reviewed and profiled. The outcome of that analysis points at 12 facilities affiliated with the defence establishment, plus 30 facilities affiliated with the PLA, that are involved in research, development, production, testing or storage of BW.

    April 2015

    Pakistan and Biological Weapons

    Pakistan is a state party to the Biological Weapons Convention, yet at least part of its related outward conduct is rather exhibitory, aiming to foster the image of an obedient, sheer science- and protection-oriented profile. Although it is publicly accentuated that an ongoing Pakistani biological weapons (BW) programme cannot be proved, it is fairly clear that some Western intelligence agencies possess classified information that is highly supportive of such an active programme taking place in actuality.

    April 2014

    Chemical and Biological Weapons in Egypt and Libya

    Egypt has for long possessed chemical weapons (CW) and biological weapons (BW), and was unable to make much progress in the nuclear weapons (NW) domain, at least as yet, Qaddafi's Libya on the other hand produced CW, developed BW, neared nuclear capacity as well, eventually, but shifted to total deproliferation in due course.