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Sep 21, 2010

Sep 21, 2010

CDC says state and local preparedness improving

(CIDRAP News) – State and local health departments have significantly improved their readiness for public health emergencies in the past few years, with laboratory capacity and emergency operations centers leading the list of improved areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a major report released today.

Aug 19, 2010

Aug 19, 2010

HHS sees greater federal role in building biodefense tools

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials, in releasing today a blueprint for overhauling the nation's civilian biodefense program, called for increased government partnerships with the private sector and a number of innovative steps to boost the development of medical countermeasures (MCMs) that have little or no commercial market.

Aug 19, 2010

Obama's science advisors outline plan for faster pandemic vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – In light of vaccine production problems that delayed the delivery of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine, a report by President Barack Obama's science advisers released today said targeted investments in five specific areas could trim the time needed to quickly produce enough to protect the nation by weeks or months.

Jul 08, 2010

Jul 08, 2010

HHS announces $390 million in grants for hospital preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – States and territories will receive a total of $390.5 million in federal grants this year to help hospitals and other healthcare facilities improve their capability to cope with emergencies and disasters, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday.

Mar 26, 2010

Mar 26, 2010

Advisory panel urges renewal of US biodefense efforts

(CIDRAP News) – The National Biodefense Science Board today capped a hurried review by recommending that the federal government launch a major effort to better focus its activities to develop medical countermeasures (MCMs) for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats, starting by choosing at least three new countermeasures for priority efforts.

Mar 01, 2010

Mar 01, 2010

State cuts accelerate public health funding shortfall

(CIDRAP News) – Over the past 5 years public health has seen federal funding remain flat, but $392 million in recession-driven state funding cuts this past year are further impairing the ability of many communities to deliver basic disease prevention and emergency health preparedness services, according to a report today from two nonprofit groups.

Feb 10, 2010

Feb 10, 2010

HHS advisors face short deadline for analyzing biodefense

(CIDRAP News) – A committee that advises the US Department of Health and Human Services on biodefense issues took the first steps today to meet the tough assignment of analyzing the challenges facing HHS's medical countermeasures program and completing a report by Mar 26.

Feb 09, 2010

Feb 09, 2010

Major review of biodefense measures to start soon

(CIDRAP News) – A comprehensive review of the nation's tools for reducing the impact of a biological weapons attack or other public health emergency—prompted in part by last fall's delays in delivery of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine—is due to get under way in the next few weeks with a pair of conferences.

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