ISN/NDF’s program on global biological threat reduction and improving border security to prevent the proliferation of high consequence pathogens seeks to strengthen the ability of foreign entities in the human and animal health, law enforcement, and border security sectors to prevent, detect, and
respond to outbreaks of accidental, natural, or deliberate origin to mitigate the threat of high consequence pathogens.
This program will aim to:
improve safe and secure pathogen detection capabilities at the laboratory and network level; improve biosafety and biosecurity infrastructure and practices in laboratories and medical facilities that may encounter or work with high consequence pathogens; and promote and improve multisectoral coordination across animal and human health, law enforcement, and border security sectors for efficient prevention, detection, and response to biological incidents.
ISN/NDF will specifically focus on countries and regions with high levels of endemic high consequence pathogens, demonstrated ability or interest from nonstate or state actor threats in using biological agents, and biological infrastructure that may be of interest to nefarious actors.