On November 18, at Dulles International Airport, the U.S. Department of State will demonstrate the U.S. government’s state-of-the-art Containerized Biocontainment System (CBCS) used to facilitate the aeromedical transport of critically ill patients who require biocontainment. This event will take place during an exercise, titled Tranquil Surge, as the CBCS returns from Monrovia, Liberia, en route to the University of Nebraska Medical Center on a retrofitted 747 aircraft.
Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Homeland Security Advisor to the President Amy Pope, and Health and Human Services Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Edward Gabriel will give opening remarks. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will also attend the event. Participants will then receive a technical briefing on the CBCS and have an opportunity to tour the aircraft with the transport units on board. The event has limited participation and will be open to the press.
The CBCS is an infectious disease transport unit among the first of its kind and is the product of a public-private partnership between the Department of State and the Paul G. Allen Foundation. Manufactured by MRI Global, the CBCS represents a revolutionary step toward the future of global biosecurity to retain and build upon the lessons learned following the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
The Departments of State and Health and Human Services, in close coordination with other federal, state, and local government and medical partners, are conducting a series of four exercises to demonstrate and test the CBCS capability.
Pre-set time for cameras is 11:30 a.m. Final access time for writers and stills is 11:45 a.m. All participants will be directed to park at 44770 Cockpit Court, Sterling, VA 20166.
Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver’s license or passport).
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Source: U.S. State Department.