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Biosecurity systems overhaul needed as threats increase, CSIRO warns – ABC News

Even a tripling of investment in protective measures over the next decade will fail to keep pace with the threat of severe biosecurity events like coronavirus,…



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Scientists are warning Australia’s biosecurity system needs a major overhaul, with the threat of severe biosecurity events like COVID-19 increasing.
Key points:

  • In the five years to 2017, the amount of biosecurity risk materials intercepted in Australia increased by almost 50 per cent
  • A national surveillance network and investment in new technologies, such as genetic tracking and artificial intelligence, is needed
  • At least 75 per cent of emerging human infectious diseases originate from animals


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