Great... Just fscking great - 59 more BSL-4 laboratories in planning stages

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BSL-4? Biosafety Level 4 - think Wuhan Institute of Virology and their safety track record.
From Financial Times:

Scientists fear future leaks as top-level labs proliferate
Maximum security laboratories used to carry out the most dangerous biological research have proliferated in the past decade, scientists say, warning that lax controls at some locations could lead to another pandemic. 

At least 59 maximum biosafety level 4 labs (BSL-4) are planned, under construction or in operation across the world, spanning 23 countries including the UK, US, China, India, Gabon and Côte d’Ivoire. They include the Chinese facility at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, now at the centre of a renewed US intelligence investigation into whether Covid-19 could have leaked from its lab.

Gregory Koblentz, an associate professor of biodefence at George Mason University, and Filippa Lentzos at King’s College London, who mapped the facilities, found that of the 42 labs where planning data was available, half were built in the last decade.

Three-quarters of all the BSL-4 labs were in urban centres. And only three of the 23 countries have national policies that provide oversight of so-called dual-use research, where experiments that are conducted for civilian purposes can also be adapted for military ends.

Now this just gives me the warm fuzzies.  Makes me feel good all over.
To quote the old joke: Be assured that absolutely nothing can go wrong, go wrong, go wrong...

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