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Dec 22, 2004

Dec 22, 2004

Report: Most states still unready for bioterrorism

(CIDRAP News) – Most states remain unprepared for a bioterrorist attack despite 3 years of federal focus on the issue, according to a report issued by a national nonprofit organization.

Dec 13, 2004

Dec 13, 2004

Leavitt nominated as new HHS secretary

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush today announced Michael O. Leavitt as his choice for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), replacing Tommy Thompson, who resigned last week.

Leavitt, who served three terms as governor of Utah, has been administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since November 2003. His name now goes to the Senate for confirmation.

Dec 08, 2004

Dec 08, 2004

Human trial of ricin vaccine planned in Texas

(CIDRAP News) – Human testing of an experimental vaccine against the deadly toxin ricin will begin early next year at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dec 03, 2004

Dec 03, 2004

Departing HHS chief cites pandemic flu, food tampering as top concerns

(CIDRAP News) – In announcing his resignation today after 4 years as US Health and Human services (HHS) secretary, Tommy G. Thompson cited pandemic influenza and food biosecurity as two of his biggest worries.

Thompson, who presided over massive increases in federal spending for public health preparedness and biodefense research, said in response to a question, "There are two things that really worry me yet. The big one is pandemic flu."

Nov 19, 2004

Nov 19, 2004

FLU SERIES Scrambling for vaccine: Colorado official views shortage as temporary

(CIDRAP News) – Before the current influenza vaccine shortage arose, Colorado was vaccinating people in mass clinics. After the shortage hit, the preventive medicine chief for the state's Kaiser Permanente clinics found himself driving around with leftover vaccine in his car, calling for information on which hospitals needed the doses.

Nov 04, 2004

Nov 04, 2004

HHS to spend $877 million on new anthrax vaccine

Editor's note: A correction was made in this story Nov 9 to note that the existing licensed anthrax vaccine contains the natural rather than recombinant form of anthrax protective antigen.

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today announced the award of an $877 million contract for 75 million doses of a new anthrax vaccine to protect the public and improve on the existing vaccine used by the military.

Nov 02, 2004

Nov 02, 2004

NIH funds research on how pathogens trigger immune response

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded contracts worth more than $73 million to study the mechanisms by which certain infectious agents, including potential bioterror agents, trigger immune reactions, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday.

Oct 28, 2004

Oct 28, 2004

FLU SERIES Scrambling for vaccine: A sampling of responses

(CIDRAP News) – The United States was on track to provide 100 million doses of influenza vaccine this year when half of its supply was withdrawn in early October because of contamination concerns over vaccine from Chiron Corp. Suddenly about 48 million doses shy of the expected supply, US officials scrambled to define priorities.

Sep 21, 2004

Sep 21, 2004

Links between human and animal disease surveillance growing

(CIDRAP News) – State Public Health Veterinarian Mira Leslie, DVM, MPH, hopes to greatly expand Washington's disease surveillance network Oct 1 when she speaks at a statewide veterinary meeting.

Sep 15, 2004

Sep 15, 2004

Postal Service urged to hone plans for coping with anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the most important lesson gleaned from examining the anthrax exposures in US Postal Service (USPS) facilities in 2001 is that agencies must err on the side of caution to protect people from uncertain and potentially life-threatening risks.

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