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Good morning, this is Irene. Today we’re covering the debate around making the biological weapons convention fit for purpose, the likelihood of a vaccine surplus next year, and the former Afghan president’s explanation of his departure.

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German special unit police officer attends a joint anti-terror exercise of German authorities in Berlin, Wednesday, 11 October, 2017. (Credit: Keystone, AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Bioweapons convention needs upgrade. The biological weapons convention (BWC) remains a relic of the 1970s. Compared to its younger sibling, the chemical weapons convention, it has few powers. Covid-19, though not a bioweapon, has also spurred calls for a rethink of the institution. The focus of this week's expert session which concluded yesterday in Geneva: how to make the convention effective in the modern age.

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