Are we prepared for bioterrorism threats? Researchers, front line responders and policy-makers gather at UNSW Sydney for simulated smallpox epidemic exercise

Minister speaking at the biosecurity workshop

(SYDNEY, Tuesday 21 August 2018) Preparedness could be the difference between a contained local outbreak and a global pandemic if there was a smallpox attack in the Pacific today, a bioterrorism exercise held at UNSW Sydney discovered.

The hypothetical scenario, designed to test preparedness and response globally to a smallpox attack in our region, brought together key international representatives from departments of health, foreign affairs, defence, police, non-government agencies, vaccine manufacturers and other global stakeholders. READ MORE