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Jan 07, 2005

Jan 07, 2005

US issues response plan for terrorism, disasters

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) yesterday issued a lengthy plan to outline and standardize how the federal government will respond to major emergencies ranging from bioterrorism to natural disasters.

Jan 13, 2005

Jan 13, 2005

FDA seeks comments on controversial anthrax vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – As a result of a federal court ruling that stopped the US military's anthrax vaccination program last October, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking for public comments on its finding that the anthrax vaccine is safe and effective.

Feb 02, 2005

Feb 02, 2005

FDA issues emergency order on military anthrax shots

(CIDRAP News) – Asserting that US troops face an increased risk of anthrax attacks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency order to help the Pentagon reverse a court ruling that stopped its anthrax vaccination program last fall.

Feb 11, 2005

Feb 11, 2005

Proposed budget cuts state biodefense funds, boosts drug stockpile

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration has proposed cutting funds that support state and local preparedness for bioterrorism and other health emergencies in fiscal year 2006, drawing protests from public health advocacy groups.

However, the proposal for the fiscal year that begins next October would increase funding for the nation's emergency stockpile of drugs and medical supplies by more than 50%. The budget was released Feb 7.

Mar 15, 2005

Mar 15, 2005

Signs of anthrax reported in Washington mail facilities

(CIDRAP News) – Signs of anthrax detected by sensors at two military mail facilities in the Washington, DC, area yesterday prompted authorities to shut down several buildings and recommend antibiotics for hundreds of workers.

Mar 25, 2005

Mar 25, 2005

Two studies boost hopes for pandemic flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – Two new studies give reason to hope that vaccines prepared in advance could be of some help in combating an influenza pandemic.

Apr 04, 2005

Apr 04, 2005

HHS funds development of cell-based flu vaccines

(CIDRAP News) – Sanofi Pasteur has won a $97 million federal contract to develop cell-culture technology for making influenza vaccines and to design a facility to use this technology to make a pandemic flu vaccine, federal officials have announced.

Apr 07, 2005

Apr 07, 2005

Judge OKs optional anthrax shots for troops

(CIDRAP News) – A federal judge who stopped the US military's compulsory anthrax vaccination program last October has ruled that the Pentagon can resume giving anthrax shots, but only on a voluntary basis.

Apr 15, 2005

Apr 15, 2005

CDC cites declines in major foodborne infections

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government yesterday announced reductions in the rates of several common foodborne bacterial infections in 2004, especially the potentially life-threatening Escherichia coli O157:H7.

Apr 18, 2005

Apr 18, 2005

GAO questions anthrax detection methods

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says federal agencies may not be able to reliably rule out the presence of anthrax contamination in a building because their sampling and detection methods have not been adequately tested.

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