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Nov 07, 2008

Nov 07, 2008

DOD advisors outline biodefense priorities for next president

(CIDRAP News) – An independent board that advises the US Department of Defense on science and technology issues issued a report on Election Day highlighting a range of priorities for the incoming Obama administration, including measures to prevent and respond to a bioterrorist attack.

Sep 23, 2008

Sep 23, 2008

US awards contracts in hunt for versatile biodefense drugs

(CIDRAP News) – Two organizations recently reported winning US government contracts for research on drugs that could work against multiple bioterror-related diseases such as plague, tularemia, and anthrax.

Aug 15, 2008

Aug 15, 2008

FBI conclusions in anthrax probe meet skepticism

(CIDRAP News) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) recently revealed conclusion that the late anthrax researcher Dr. Bruce Ivins committed the anthrax letter attacks of 2001 has been greeted with skepticism by many in the scientific community.

Apr 22, 2008

Apr 22, 2008

HHS official reports on Southeast Asia issues

(CIDRAP News) – A US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official today shared wrap-up perspectives on HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt's recent trip to Southeast Asia, which included discussions on virus-sharing and restrictions on the US Navy laboratory in Indonesia, updates on avian influenza collaborations, and talks on import safety.

Apr 08, 2008

Apr 08, 2008

DoD funds development of anthrax vaccine patch

(CIDRAP News) – Iomai Corp., a biotechnology company that specializes in needle-free vaccines, announced today that it will receive a grant from the US Department of Defense (DoD) to fund preclinical development of a patch-based anthrax vaccine.

The 1-year grant to Iomai, based in Gaithersburg, Md., will be in the form of a $943,856 cost reimbursement from the US Army Medical Research and Material Command, according to a press release from Iomai.

Mar 07, 2008

Mar 07, 2008

CDC retires one old smallpox vaccine, keeps another

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials recently announced plans to get rid of their last remaining stocks of the decades-old smallpox vaccine Dryvax, as a newer vaccine takes its place in the national stockpile of emergency medical supplies.

Feb 29, 2008

Feb 29, 2008

Judge dismisses suit to limit DoD anthrax vaccinations

(CIDRAP News) – A federal district judge has dismissed a lawsuit aiming to stop the Pentagon's mandatory anthrax vaccination program for troops serving in some areas overseas, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer in Washington, DC, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acted appropriately when it determined the vaccine was safe and approved its use, according to the AP.

Feb 08, 2008

Feb 08, 2008

US military switching to new smallpox vaccine

Editor's note: This story was revised Feb 11 to include some additional information provided by the Department of Defense.

(CIDRAP News) – After vaccinating more than a million personnel with the old-fashioned type of smallpox vaccine grown on the skin of calves, the US military is about to switch to a second-generation vaccine that's grown in laboratory cell cultures.

Jan 18, 2008

Jan 18, 2008

ACLU sees coercive theme in federal pandemic plans

(CIDRAP News) – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) this week charged that federal pandemic planning efforts rely too heavily on law enforcement and national security approaches, in effect making people, not disease, the enemy.

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