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Jul 10, 2017

Jul 10, 2017
Old smallpox vaccine

Panel's smallpox sample probe yields policy recommendations, lingering questions

Panel finds overall response was thorough, but notes policy gaps and some missteps after the samples were found.

May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

News Scan for May 12, 2017

Brazil ends Zika emergency
Drug-resistance in Belgium
GAO weighs avian flu control
Emergency readiness challenges

Sep 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016
Petri dish in lab

GAO finds 11 more breaches at high-security labs

The most common pathogens not properly inactivated were Bacillus anthracis and Francisella tularensis.

Apr 01, 2014

Apr 01, 2014
Novartis Holly Springs plant

GAO: Too soon to rate latest HHS countermeasure efforts

HHS has spent $440 million to bolster defenses against pandemic flu and other threats.

Mar 29, 2013

Mar 29, 2013

Scientists seek ethics review of H5N1 gain-of-function research

(CIDRAP News) – A group of scientists acting under the aegis of a vaccine research advocacy organization has asked President Obama's bioethics committee to evaluate the ethics of experiments designed to increase the transmissibility of H5N1 avian influenza viruses.

Aug 02, 2012

Aug 02, 2012

National biosurveillance strategy aims to detect manifold threats

(CIDRAP News) – The Obama Administration this week unveiled the nation's first national biosurveillance strategy, designed to detect a range of threats, including bioterror attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, agricultural threats, and foodborne illness outbreaks.

Jun 26, 2012

Jun 26, 2012

Biodefense board takes on situational awareness, SNS tasks

(CIDRAP News) – The National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) during its meeting today took on two new tasks: to help guide federal efforts to improve situational awareness for potential public health emergencies and to help work out a strategy for improving and modernizing the management of the government's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).

Jun 26, 2012

HHS lists H1N1's lessons for honing pandemic readiness

(CIDRAP News) – During the 2009 influenza pandemic, clinicians were frustrated by the lack of useful diagnostic tests, the government had no national system for monitoring stress on healthcare facilities, and there was some duplication in federal media campaigns.

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