Bioweapons are seen as a major threat due to their accessibility, ease of use, and lethality, and have even been described as ‘’the poor man’s atomic bomb’’. In the past years, increasing warnings on the potential use of biological weapons by non-state actors have emerged, claiming that groups like ISIS could soon turn to biological warfare and use drones to spread viruses. A substantial amount of money has been invested in biodefence; however, whether the threat of biological warfare is credible or inflated is still under discussion.
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