CBRN CoE Project 81 Webinar: “Waste Management in Pandemics”

 

On 11 August 2021, Project 81 BIOSEC – Enhanced Biosecurity in South East Asia hosted the latest webinar in a series of webinars dedicated to developing surge capacity to respond to pandemics within the framework of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE).

The webinar was opened by Mr. John Jones O.B.E., Team Leader and Key Expert for Project 81, with welcome addresses from Atty. Florentino Manalastas, Jr., Assistant Head of the CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat for South East Asia (RS SEA) and Dr. Robert Frank, Regional Cooperation Officer for SEA for Global and Trans-Regional Threats. A panel of experts, including Dr. Christopher Logue, Public Health England (PHE), Dr. Alexander Hamilton, CBRN CoE Regional Coordinator for SEA, and Dr. Sabai Phyu, On-Site Assistance (OSA) Expert for SEA, were available to take questions from delegates.

The featured presentation was delivered by Mr. Thomas Pottage (PHE) who described the latest scientific data on the viability of the SARS-CoV-2 virus on a variety of surfaces and the implications for the management of waste materials generated in a variety of environments including healthcare and domestic waste.

The webinar attracted 55 delegates from across the SEA region as well as Barbados, Ghana, and Australia. Delegates posed questions about legislation and practical measures for the inactivation of waste (including waste water). Further information provided by PHE can be found in the 'Learning' section of this website.

CBRN CoE Project 81 Webinar: “Surge Capacity Assessment Tool”

 

On 21 July 2021, Project 81 BIOSEC – Enhanced Biosecurity in South-East Asia hosted a webinar as the first in a series of webinars dedicated to developing surge capacity to respond to pandemics within the context of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative.

The webinar was attended by 73 delegates (predominantly from within the SEA region) and was opened by Mr. John Jones O.B.E., Team Leader and Key Expert for Project 81, with welcome addresses from Attorney Florentino Manalastas Jr., Alternate Head of the CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat for South East Asia, Manila, and Dr. Robert Frank, Regional Cooperation Officer for South-East Asia – Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (Global and Trans-Regional Threats).

In his remarks, Atty. Manalastas spoke to the importance of WP7 as a means of supporting Partner Countries in South East Asia to not only more effectively respond to COVID-19 but also to be more fully prepared for future pandemics. Dr. Frank, in his address, described the overall context of Project 81 within the CBRN CoE Initiative and welcomed all participants.

Detailed presentations on the use of the newly-created Surge Capacity Assessment Tool (SCAT) for Laboratories were provided by Dr. Joris Sprokholt and Dr. Iris Vennis of the Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). A short panel discussion at the end of the webinar gathered perspectives from Prof. Stuart Blacksell, MORU Thailand, Dr. Tessy Joseph from the National University of Singapore and Dr. Nguyen Thanh Thuy of the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Viet Nam.

The next webinar in the series will be held on 11 August 2021 and will address Waste Management issues during pandemics and future webinars will  focus on End-to-end laboratory diagnosis (September), Preparedness and rapid response (October), New Variant sequencing (November) and Legal frameworks in pandemics (December). E-learning packages will be made available for some of the topics listed.



'Developing Surge Capacity for Pandemics' - Launch of Webinar Series - 30th June 2021

The project team is pleased to announce a series of monthly webinars that commence on the 21st July and continue through to the end of the year.
The first webinar will introduce an assessment tool for laboratory managers and operational personnel. The tool is designed to assist in the identification of areas which might require additional attention as part of preparations for a future or emerging epidemic. In due course invitations to all events will be circulated through National Focal Points.
Whilst final topics are yet to be confirmed, themes such as 'Preparedness & Response', 'End to End Laboratory Diagnosis' and 'New Variant Sequencing' are likely to be covered.


Webinar - WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual, 4th Edition - 9th February 2021

 
Prof. Stuart Blacksell led the latest in the series of webinars sponsored by the CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat for South East Asia. Entitled "Release of new WHO Laboratory Biosafety Manual, 4th Edition: Implications for Labs in Low and Middle Income Countries and the Development of WHO COVID-19 Biosafety and Biosecurity Guidance", the webinar was well attended with a high volume of participation. 
For those unable to attend the materials from the webinar will be available for the next 7 days at the following link - https://we.tl/t-inNaCUkzP4





 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Work Package 7 - COVID-19 - Launch Webinar - 24th November 2020
 
Team leader John Jones and project experts from VERTIC, PHE and RIVM launched a new workstream for the Project which is specifically focussed on COVID-19. Introduced as an additional work package by the European Commission, following the outbreak of the global pandemic, National Focal Points and key stakeholders were introduced to the approach, themes and online learning platforms planned to be used as part of the delivery mechanism. Conducted using Zoom, the webinar provided the opportunity for discussion and the sharing of thoughts across the region.
 

Regional Secretariat Webinars - October 2020
Our project team continued to support UNICRI and the EU CBRN Regional Secretariat for South East Asia with its COVID-19 related series of webinars throughout the month of October. On the 20th October, Dr's VU, Ngoc Long, NGUYEN Cong Khanh, NGUYEN Thanh Thuy and NGUYEN Dang Tho shared Viet Nam's experience of COVD-10 control and response. A week later Dr. Maria Suleiman relayed the Malaysian experience.

Project Co-ordination Meeting - 8th September 2020
Our next coordination meeting with key individuals from DG DEVCO, EU Regional Secretariat, Project 81 Key Experts and UNICRI is set for Tuesday the 8th September.

Webinar on 'Biological Inventory Database' - Friday 4th September
Dr Joris Sprokolt & Dr Saskia Rutjes from RIVM will be the guest speakers on this webinar organised by the Biorisk Association of Singapore & EU CBRN CoE.

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Webinar - 18th August 2020

The seventh webinar in the series run by the CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat for South East Asia will be presented by the project team who will provide "An overview of International Activities in Response to COVID-19 - Part 2". 

 

Date/Time: 

Tuesday 18 August @ 5pm (Manila time) / 11am (Brussels time)

 

Register for the webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5Ma2FsXgReGzJdNWTo6mgw

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

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Webinar - 4th August 2020

The sixth webinar in a series run by the CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat for South East Asia will be presented by CBRN CoE Project 81 - BIOSEC, who will provide "An Overview of International Activities in Response to COVID-19".

Details are as follows:

Date/Time: 

Tuesday 4 August @ 5pm (Manila time) / 11am (Brussels time)

To join Zoom Meeting:

https://zoom.us/j/95194231713?pwd=VExWMTJzczVzU1N5d2MvMkdURndXUT09 

Meeting ID: 

951 9423 1713 

Passcode: 

830837 

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Project Update 22/7/20

The fifth in a series of webinars hosted by the CBRN CoE Regional Secretariat took place yesterday. Focused on sharing experiences and knowledge on the subject of COVID-19, colleagues from Brunei Darussalam delivered a presentation on laboratory construction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Update 14/7/20

The European Commission have agreed to extend the project by six months due to the impact of the global pandemic. Project activity will now conclude on the 26th May 2023. In addition it has been agreed that a dedicated COVID19 work package will be included in the terms of reference.

Project Update: 3/6/20

The first CBRN CoE interregional tele-workshop took place today. The experiences of the United Arab Emirates in containing a cluster outbreak during a cycling tour on Yas Island (UAE) in February 2020, was presented by three representatives of the Emirati National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA), led by Mr Ahmed Al Shemeili (UAE NFP).

Project Update: 20/4/20

The global impact of COVID-19 has resulted in activities being limited for the foreseeable future until such times as restrictions are lifted which allow for project activity to resume. However the project team continue to speak regularly and discuss different means by which project activity can be achieved. Communication with points of contact in partner countries and key stakeholder organisations continues our level of engagement with the region.

A recently published EU COVID-19 factsheet outlining the EU's work in region highlights the work of this project. In respect of COVID-19 this project is considering introducing some relevant activities into the scope of the project.

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Myanmar, 10 to 12/3/20:

Project team leader John Jones, travelled to Myanmar to conduct an initial workshop with partner countries. Despite the impact of COVID-19, representatives from Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Viet Nam attended and contributed to a well supported and mutually beneficial event.

Video links to colleagues and the project team in Europe worked successfully and progress was made towards a working definition of 'Biosecurity' and data capture.

Bogor, 10/12/19:
Indonesia hosts the 17th National Focal Points Roundtable Meeting for Southeast Asia of the EU CBRN CoE. CBRN CoE Project 81 launched.