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Aug 28, 2017

Aug 28, 2017
Vaccine vial

Feds seize vaccinia virus vaccine used in 'stem cell' centers

Marshals sieze 5 vials of vaccinia virus vaccine, reserved only for those at high risk of smallpox.

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.

Apr 20, 2017

Apr 20, 2017
Flooded street

US preparedness index finds sluggish, uneven progress

The annual index found worrying discrepancies among states that create widening gaps, especially in low-income areas and those vulnerable to public health emergencies.

Dec 20, 2016

Dec 20, 2016
Personal protective equipment

Preparedness report card notes state, national gaps and gains

TFAH rated 26 states and Washington, D.C., as 6 or lower on a 10-point scale.

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.

Aug 22, 2016

Aug 22, 2016
DA Henderson

Infectious disease field loses 'commander-in-chief' D.A. Henderson

Besides leading smallpox eradication, Henderson is also known for his role in shaping public health education and for instilling passion for solving infectious disease problems.

Jun 01, 2016

Jun 01, 2016
Biosafety PPE

NSABB finalizes GOF guidance; White House to weigh in

The group voted unanimously on policy regarding avian flu and other viruses.

Apr 26, 2016

Apr 26, 2016
PPE training

Public health index finds US fairly well prepared

The report showed some weak spots, including a persistent and varied gap in readiness among states.

Jan 07, 2016

Jan 07, 2016
Mutated virus

NSABB launches new phase of GOF research debate

Some topics: weighing risks and benefits, ethical issues, and global involvement.

Dec 21, 2015

Dec 21, 2015
DC skyline

Infectious disease efforts see gains in 2016 budget approval

The NIH sees its biggest boost in 12 years, and other public health initiatives benefit, too.

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