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"The fact that Congress passed this bill is acknowledgement that health security is national security."
With HHS taking the lead, the new strategy establishes a cabinet-level biodefense steering committee.
Re-creating known pathogenic viruses and making existing bacteria more dangerous are among the top threats.
The rule is meant to lower the risk of exposing food facilities to intentional adulteration, such as acts of terrorism.
The US as a whole had a score of 7.1 out of 10 for 2017, nearly a 3% improvement.
Marshals sieze 5 vials of vaccinia virus vaccine, reserved only for those at high risk of smallpox.
Panel finds overall response was thorough, but notes policy gaps and some missteps after the samples were found.
The annual index found worrying discrepancies among states that create widening gaps, especially in low-income areas and those vulnerable to public health emergencies.
TFAH rated 26 states and Washington, D.C., as 6 or lower on a 10-point scale.
The most common pathogens not properly inactivated were Bacillus anthracis and Francisella tularensis.
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