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Dec 21, 2004

Dec 21, 2004

DoD seeks emergency approval to resume anthrax shots

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Defense (DoD) has asked for emergency authority to ignore a recent court ruling and resume vaccinating military personnel against anthrax because of what is described as an increased risk of attacks on US forces.

Nov 08, 2004

Nov 08, 2004

HHS to buy 5 million doses of licensed anthrax vaccine for stockpile

Editor's note: A correction was made in this story Nov 9 to make clear that the licensed anthrax vaccine does not contain the recombinant form of anthrax protective antigen.

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) said last week that it plans to buy up to 5 million doses of the controversial anthrax vaccine currently used by the US military and put it in the national stockpile for civilian use.

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.

Oct 28, 2004

Oct 28, 2004

Court ruling again stops anthrax shots for US soldiers

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Defense (DoD) has suspended its anthrax vaccination program in response to a federal court ruling that military personnel should not have to accept the shots against their will unless the president orders them to do so.

Jul 01, 2004

Jul 01, 2004

More military personnel to get anthrax and smallpox shots

(CIDRAP News) – More US troops and civilian defense workers serving overseas will be getting smallpox and anthrax vaccinations in coming months, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced yesterday.

Jun 16, 2004

Jun 16, 2004

Pilot study to probe cardiac effects of smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – In an effort to shed some light on a potential side effect of smallpox vaccination, researchers are launching a federally funded pilot study of the effects of smallpox vaccines on cardiac cells in mice.

May 20, 2004

May 20, 2004

NIAID funds network to study eczema vaccinatum

(CIDRAP News) – An arm of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than $40 million worth of contracts for research to reduce the risk of eczema vaccinatum (EV), a rare but severe complication of smallpox vaccination.

Apr 28, 2004

Apr 28, 2004

Bush administration catalogs biodefense gains, promises more

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration today released a long catalog of what it considers the nation's biodefense and public health preparedness gains over the last 3 years and promised more improvements to come.

Apr 13, 2004

Apr 13, 2004

Myopericarditis cases complicate Acambis smallpox vaccine trials

(CIDRAP News) –British biotechnology company Acambis plc has temporarily stopped recruiting volunteers for clinical trials of the cell-culture smallpox vaccine it is making for the US government because at least three cases of myopericarditis have occurred in one of the trials.

Mar 12, 2004

Mar 12, 2004

FDA offers guidance on testing drugs for smallpox-shot side effects

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week published guidelines for the development of drugs to treat the side effects of smallpox vaccination, an area in which the federal government is investing substantial research funds.

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