In a vital move in the fight against Ebola, China’s first high-security biosafety laboratory will be ready for use by December. The facility, located in Wuhan in the Hubei province has been under construction since July 2011. It will be the first in China equipped to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) which are dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-toperson transmission, such as Ebola. The lab was built in cooperation with French bio-industrial firm Institut Merieux and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It joins the few labs around the world cleared to handle the most highly pathogenic germs.