China, France Collaborate On Infectious Disease Research

The Chinese Academy of Sciences and France have established a Sino-France biosafety laboratory in Wuhan, Hubei Province.

AsianScientist (Jul. 5, 2011) – The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has jointly established a Sino-France biosafety laboratory with France in Wuhan, Hubei Province, marking a new phase of collaboration between China and France on the study of emerging infectious diseases.

The Zhengdian Laboratory was jointly built and managed by CAS and Health Ministry of China. The laboratory is supported by the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WHIOV), and will play a central role in the study and prevention of emerging infectious diseases in both countries.

On June 30, 2011, the cornerstone-laying ceremony of the lab was presided over by Li Jiayang, Vice President of the CAS, and was attended by 200 guests from China and France, including China’s Health Minister Chen Zhu, CAS President Bai Chunli, and Sylvie-Agnès Bermann, French ambassador to China.

China and France have carried out a series of joint research projects, personnel training, and regulation formulation under the cooperation agreement on prevention against emerging infectious diseases signed in 2004 between the two countries.


Source: Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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