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Lagos Hosts African Conference On Biosecurity 

Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi

October 14, (THEWILL) – The Lagos state government, in partnership with Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium, is set to hold the seventh annual African Conference on One Health and Biosecurity.

The event is part of the government’s efforts to ensure the African continent braces up for the challenges posed by emerging infectious diseases and biosecurity threats.

The conference, themed “Universal Approach to Addressing Biosecurity Threats – Genomic Intelligence and Vaccines”, is scheduled to be held at the Civic Centre, Lagos between Wednesday 27th and Friday 29th October, 2021.

Speaking on the conference, the state government in a statement  on Thursday by the Commissioner for Health, Akin Abayomi, said it  is the seventh in the series of conferences organised by GET, in partnership with governments around West Africa and Africa.

According to the statement, the aim of the event is to help develop a biosecurity road map and to increase resilience in dealing with pathogens of high consequence.

Abayomi said: “Lagos has teamed up once again this year with GET to organise the seventh African Conference on One Health and Biosecurity. We have a very important thematic initiative this year to address the universal approach to biosecurity threats using genomic intelligence and vaccines.

“Vaccine Strategy, Genome Research, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Biosecurity and Bio-threat, Biobanking Infrastructure, Climate change and Cultural Anthropological Social and Economic Impact of Emerging Infectious Diseases.”

He added that the resolutions at the conference will help chart a positive course for strategic responses to biosecurity threats in Africa and, by extension, the world.