Indian Army

Tough to ‘weaponise’ coronavirus, but can’t rule out attacks: Armed Forces Medical Chief

The possibility of adversaries weaponising or using the coronavirus against the Indian armed forces is remote, but they remain susceptible to such attacks until a vaccine or preventative medical therapy is found, Lt Gen. Anup Banerji, Director General of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) told ThePrint.

The DG is the head of the AFMS and is responsible for the overall medical policy of the armed forces.

The senior military officer further said that the virus is not a “lucrative” biological agent, and although highly contagious, has “very low mortality” in the young and those with no co-morbidities.

“In fact, most of those infected remain asymptomatic,” he said.

“However, in the absence of an effective vaccine or a proven chemoprophylaxis, we will remain susceptible to such attacks,” the officer added.

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