News & Perspective

Dec 16, 2002

Dec 16, 2002

Half of second target group for smallpox shots may refuse them, officials estimate

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials project that about half of the estimated 10 million health and emergency response workers targeted for the second round of smallpox vaccinations will refuse the shots.

Dec 13, 2002

Dec 13, 2002

Bush announces smallpox vaccination plan for military, health workers

(CIDRAP News) – In a brief statement today, President George W. Bush announced that the government will begin giving smallpox shots to military and other government personnel in high-risk areas and to willing front-line healthcare workers.

Nov 22, 2002

Nov 22, 2002

Homeland Security law leaves HHS in control of bioterrorism preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – In passing a bill to create a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week, Congress left the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in charge of most bioterrorism preparedness and civilian biodefense research programs—to the relief of medical research and public health groups.

Nov 06, 2002

Nov 06, 2002

HHS seeks comments on proposed trial of smallpox vaccine in children

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials have taken the unusual step of asking the public its opinion on whether the possible benefits of testing smallpox vaccine in a small group of children are worth the risks.

Oct 18, 2002

Oct 18, 2002

ACIP suggests which hospital workers need smallpox shots; total could reach 500,000

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) amended its June 2002 recommendations on smallpox vaccinations for healthcare workers this week in an effort to ensure that the healthcare system will have enough immunized people to deal with a smallpox outbreak.

Sep 20, 2002

Sep 20, 2002

Acambis says its smallpox vaccine worked well in second trial

(CIDRAP News) – The smallpox vaccine being produced by Acambis plc for the US government worked well in its second trial, generating a characteristic vaccinia lesion in all recipients and causing no serious adverse events, the company said this week.

Sep 04, 2002

Sep 04, 2002

Smallpox vaccination decision in White House hands

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently sent a recommendation on smallpox vaccination policy to President Bush, but HHS officials still are not confirming reports that it calls for vaccinating as many as 500,000 healthcare workers.

"I can't confirm anything other than that the recommendation went to the White House," Bill Pierce, an HHS spokesman in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News today.

Jul 17, 2002

Jul 17, 2002

Homeland security strategy report calls for numerous biodefense initiatives

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush's National Strategy for Homeland Security, released this week, lays out a lengthy agenda for defending the country against bioterrorism as well as other kinds of terrorist attacks.

Jul 10, 2002

Jul 10, 2002

Scope of smallpox vaccination program not yet decided, HHS officials say

(CIDRAP News) – Though two top federal health officials recently were quoted as saying that half a million healthcare workers may be vaccinated against smallpox, the official word from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is that the scope of the vaccination program has not yet been decided.

Jun 11, 2002

Jun 11, 2002

Nearly 60% of public would want smallpox vaccination if available

(CIDRAP News) – Fifty-nine percent of respondents to a recent nationwide poll said they would get vaccinated against smallpox if they could, despite the risk of adverse reactions and the decades-old absence of the disease, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

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