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China, France building virus research lab

Posted on Aug 16 2014 | IANS

Beijing, Aug 15 : China and France are building a biosafety laboratory in China's Wuhan province for basic research on infectious viruses, including Ebola, a French official said.

The information was revealed Friday by Sylvie Bermann, French ambassador to China, at a forum on Sino-French cooperation in the health field, Xinhua reported. It could not be immediately clear when the lab would be put into operation.

At the forum, health officials from the two countries discuss topics such as the prevention and control of infectious diseases, the health of the elderly population and hospital management.

A senior Chinese healh official said "China and France are active in the global action against Ebola and making new cooperations in epidemic control and lab research".

"We are aiming for a new chapter in jointly coping with global emergencies," said Ma Xiaowei, deputy director of Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission.

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