Will COVID-19 Inspire Bioterrorism or Biological Warfare?
By Buzz McClain
Few in the biodefense industry have any doubts that the COVID-19 crisis is inspiring new interest in creating bioweapons. Schar School Associate Professor Gregory Koblentz recently presented a sample lecture drawing from his coming fall semester master’s degree classes in biodefense strategy and terrorism and weapons of mass destruction that address some of the world’s deadliest problems.
Koblentz, who is also the director of the Schar School’s biodefense graduate programs, does not just warn about the proliferation of biological weapons, but he also describes who is likely to develop and use them. The Schar School’s biodefense program is designed to prepare leaders in the field to protect the public from those who would do them harm.