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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.

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.

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.

Jul 30, 2004

Jul 30, 2004

A step closer to clinical predictors of inhalational anthrax

Findings from researchers at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine may offer physicians further help in quickly and accurately distinguishing early inhalational anthrax from other respiratory conditions—a vitally important skill if a widespread anthrax emergency were to occur.

Jul 21, 2004

Jul 21, 2004

Bush signs BioShield legislation

(CIDRAP News) – President Bush today signed the bill establishing Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion program to speed the development of drugs and vaccines to combat the effects of biological, chemical, nuclear, and radiological agents.

Jul 16, 2004

Jul 16, 2004

House sends BioShield bill to Bush

(CIDRAP News) – The US House this week overwhelmingly approved the "BioShield" bill to guarantee a market for antidotes to biological and chemical weapons, thereby sending the legislation to President Bush for his promised signature.

Jun 29, 2004

Jun 29, 2004

Genes for anthrax toxin found in another microbe

Editor's Note: The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), where the research described was accomplished, was inadvertently omitted from the list of author affiliations in the 4th paragraph below; the article was updated Jul 1, 2004, to include this information.

Jun 22, 2004

Jun 22, 2004

Public health worker shortage could imperil terrorism preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The possibility of a smallpox outbreak highlights a key threat to America's public health system: What if a person needs a vaccine but there is no nurse to give the shot?

America's growing shortage of qualified public health workers could undermine terrorism preparedness, according to a recent report from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).

Jun 11, 2004

Jun 11, 2004

CDC issues bioterrorism-response guidebook for coroners

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a guidebook to help medical examiners and coroners detect and respond to bioterrorism.

May 20, 2004

May 20, 2004

Senate passes 'Bioshield' bill

(CIDRAP News) – The US Senate yesterday overwhelmingly passed "Project BioShield," a 10-year, $5.6 billion program to promote rapid development and use of drugs and vaccines to counter biological and chemical weapons.

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