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Oct 27, 2011

Oct 27, 2011

GAO finds gaps in bioterror countermeasure planning, budgeting

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has continued to modify its bioterror countermeasure priorities based on current risk assessments, but it hasn't updated formal plans or fleshed out budget priorities, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report yesterday.

Oct 06, 2011

Oct 06, 2011

BARDA: Many biodefense products to mature within 5 years

(CIDRAP News) – In releasing a new 5-year strategic plan yesterday, the federal agency tasked with developing new medical countermeasures (MCMs) for bioterrorist attacks and emerging diseases said many such products will be ready for regulatory review within the next 5 years.

Sep 28, 2011

Sep 28, 2011

Report: 395 mishaps at US labs risked releasing select agents

(CIDRAP News) – US government laboratories had 395 incidents that involved the potential release of select agents between 2003 and 2009, though only seven related infections were reported, according to a new National Research Council (NRC) report.

Jul 28, 2011

Jul 28, 2011

Renewal of 2006 preparedness law advances in US House

(CIDRAP News) – The US House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved legislation to renew and fine-tune a 2006 law that has been credited with significantly improving the nation's preparedness for public health emergencies.

Jul 26, 2011

Jul 26, 2011

HHS says countermeasures program making progress

(CIDRAP News) – The US government's efforts to promote the development of new medical countermeasures (MCMs) against biological and other unconventional weapons are making headway, with more than 70 products now in development, a top Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official told a House committee recently.

Jun 15, 2011

Jun 15, 2011

Panel calls for refining, paring select-agent list

(CIDRAP News) – A federal advisory committee is recommending that 11 bacterial species and viruses on the current "select agent" list, including anthrax and Ebola virus, be singled out for special safeguards and that another 19 agents be dropped from the list entirely.

May 19, 2011

May 19, 2011

Public health groups sound warning about preparedness cuts

(CIDRAP News) – Two public health advocacy groups this week warned that recent cuts in US preparedness funding could hamstring the nation's response to a health emergency such as a bioterrorism attack, flu pandemic, or natural disaster.

May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011

Senate starts work on preparedness law reauthorization

(CIDRAP News) – A Senate committee began work on reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) yesterday by calling federal and public health officials before them to testify about gaps and what steps are needed to better prepare the nation against flu and bioterror threats.

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