Head of Russian consumer safety watchdog, the Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being, Anna Popova, has transferred mobile anti-epidemic laboratories for use by Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan.
The ceremony of handing over the lab keys took part at the intergovernmental scientific and practical conference called "Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare in CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) Countries", which was convened in Saratov on Tuesday, TASS reports.
"A total of 12 mobile laboratories have been handed over to CIS states in the last three years," she stated, pointing out that work has been particularly carried out in plague-stricken areas.
These one-of-a-kind mobile anti-epidemic facilities are unmatched worldwide as far as biological safety and production capacity go. The lab consists of six complexes and can be delivered anywhere within just 24 hours. The unit is capable of studying 500-3,000 specimens of highly infectious diseases and biological contaminants, such as food, air, and water, daily. Its personnel will consist of 35 staff members.
The intergovernmental scientific and practical conference called "Sanitary and Epidemiological Welfare in CIS Countries" will be held in Saratov on November 20-21. The event is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Russian Research Anti-Plague Institute Microbe, the country’s sole manufacturer of the rabies vaccine, covering more than 75 percent of domestic needs, and also bivalent chemical cholera vaccine. Over 500 people from 13 states, including Russia, Armenia, Moldova, Uzbekistan, and others, will attend the conference.