More than 5 months have passed since research into understanding and preparing for these viruses stopped. All the while the threats, both real (natural virus endemic in 6 countries and continuously evolving) and hypothetical (the nebulous terrorists), that the prohibitted research promises to protect against continue to exist.
However, recent chatter suggests the ban may be nearing an end soon. Some participants in the moratorium believe the conditions of ending the ban have been met. The original research has been published, new improved and more comprehensive guidelines have been established, and governmental funding agencies are now playing a more central role in vetting the research and disseminating the results. Is it time for the research to restart?
|Dr. Anthony Fauci|
“I can’t say that the moratorium will officially end then, but we are certainly going to address the topic at that meeting,” says Fauci, “to get some research going on an interim basis.”
|Dangerous terrorist? As far as flu is concerned, yes.|
Hopefully this discussion will lead to and least a partial end to the ban. The virus is still present in many parts of the world and is still evolving as you read this. The virus already has some human virus like characteristic and could continue in that directions, especially in places like Egypt and Indonesia. Our best defense against this is research. Let's take the handcuffs off and get back to work.
I will be in attendance at the CEIRS meeting and would be very pleased if the moratorium would end there. Either way I will update what I learn on the subject next month.