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A Belgian lab against Ebola in Guinea

bfast(BRUSSELS2) The Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed this this evening. A mobile laboratory from B-Fast (Belgian humanitarian aid) will be deployed in Guinea to fight against the spread of the Ebola virus. The council of ministers approved the deployment on Friday (December 5) after “ received from France the assurances he was waiting for to ensure the safety of the Belgian team”. He will be " deployed in the coming weeks », specify Foreign Affairs, for a period “ of one month, renewable after prior evaluation ».

A lab developed with the European Space Agency

This B-Life mobile laboratory was developed by Defense, the Catholic University of Louvain and the European Space Agency. It has communication capabilities and allows blood samples to be analyzed as close as possible to the area affected by the epidemic. “ B-FAST will be responsible for on-site logistical support with a unit from Defense and the SPF (Ministry) of the Interior”. The European Commission is funding the transport of the mobile unit to Nzérékoré under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

A request from France

Belgium thus responds to a request from the French government which assumes the role of lead nation over Guinea for the coordination of relief against Ebola. The United Kingdom ensuring this coordination role for Sierra Leone and the United States for Liberia. As the Minister of Defense, Steven Vandeput, recently explained to the deputies, the government has decided to “join in global projects », particularly with France, with whom « we maintain close contact ". Belgium has also decided to provide medium-capacity all-terrain vehicles for medical transport. Fifteen Unimog-type vehicles were made available to Guinean civil protection in Conakry.


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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).