Russia has allocated funds for the construction of a laboratory in Kyrgyzstan to combat dangerous infections. The announcement was made by a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Gennady Onishchenko, during a video conference on biosafety in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

Kyrgyzstan has yet to determine where the lab will be located. Russian officials have said it cannot be located near residential areas and that prior to construction, its staff — virologists and microbiologists — must receive the necessary training and equipment.

According to 24.kg, the planned laboratory is part of a memorandum of understanding on ensuring biological safety, signed in October 2023 by the governments of Kyrgyzstan and Russia.