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Biowar: U.N. to expand bioterror powers?

The United Nations is considering lending support to international quarantines and mandating that nations in the midst of disease outbreaks open their borders to U.N. health officials as part of an expanded response to epidemics and bioterrorism. The changes were suggested by the U.N. Secretary-General’s High Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change in a report commissioned by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. If adopted the recommendations would expand the United Nations’ ability to investigate and intervene when natural or terror-spawned disease strikes. “The Security Council should be prepared to support the work of (World Health Organization) investigators or to deploy experts reporting directly to the council,” the panel said in its report, “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility.” Full Story

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