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There are 6 comments on Boston Public Health Commission to Consider NEIDL Research Request Tonight

  1. I wonder how the future construction immediately adjacent to the NEIDL will affect its integrity? The building next to it has perpetual problems with ground water seepage and floods allegedly because foundation is built on reclaimed land (i.e. swamp) unlike the lab in Winnipeg. Also one must consider the underlying reason: why place a BSL-4 lab in a metropolitan area? While it is true that Boston is a hub of great scientific interchange often one may reason, built a great thing and they will come to it regardless of locale.

      1. Nothing will be built within the fenced in perimeter of the NEIDL facility by design. It was designed to be able to deal with earthquakes, hurricanes, and terrorist attacks.
        The facility has already been there for 10 years and is just now getting the permits for BSL-4 research. Most of the researchers that work in the building also work at BMC a few hundred feet away. Now that is convenience!

  2. I am a lifelong Boston resident . I live 1/2 mile from the site. I have toured the facility. The engineering is extraordinary and the building is safe.
    Take at look at East Cambridge. The reason the research facilities are there is because Cambridge has welcomed their innovative spirit. They are creating cures for diseases and new medicines.
    The NEIDL will help us fight emerging infectious diseases.

    1. I agree. A facility like this is greatly needed, and Boston is a great place for it. I also toured the facility before it opened for research, and was *greatly impressed* with the security and safety protocols in place. I felt completely and totally satisfied with the health and safety of the surrounding area after touring the facility.

  3. When there is a viral or bacterial out break ( as will happen) the nay sayers for this lab will say “How come we dont have any cure”. “Why aren’t the researchers doing something about it”

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