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Jan 27, 2003

Jan 27, 2003

Smallpox vaccine trial in children nixed because of supply outlook

(CIDRAP News) – Top federal health officials have turned down a proposal to test the Dryvax smallpox vaccine in small children, but not because of public objections. The trial is no longer needed because the current campaign to vaccinate military personnel and healthcare workers means Dryax won't be available for use in children, officials said.

Jan 24, 2003

Jan 24, 2003

Connecticut begins smallpox shot effort with three healthcare workers

(CIDRAP news) – Connecticut health officials announced today that the state has begun carrying out a plan to give smallpox shots to up to 6,000 healthcare and public health workers, but the Associated Press reported that only three people actually received shots today.

Jan 24, 2003

Jan 24, 2003

Thompson authorizes liability protection for those giving smallpox shots

(CIDRAP News) – As health officials in several states prepared to begin giving smallpox shots to healthcare workers, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tommy Thompson today signed a declaration that triggers liability protection for those who administer the shots.

Jan 23, 2003

Jan 23, 2003

Three states and Los Angeles County first to get smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) Ð Connecticut, Nebraska,Vermont, and Los Angeles County this week became the first jurisdictions in thenation to receive smallpox vaccine under the program to prepare for a possibleterrorist release of the virus, federal health officials announced yesterday.

Jan 22, 2003

Jan 22, 2003

USDA reports increased efforts to prevent BSE

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it more than tripled the number of cattle it tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, in fiscal year 2002 and is making progress on other regulatory steps to keep BSE out of the country.

Jan 21, 2003

Jan 21, 2003

Smallpox inoculation plan must go forward, says CDC chief

(CIDRAP News) – Julie Gerberding, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), says the national smallpox vaccination program for hospital and public health workers must go forward despite the new recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to proceed slowly and cautiously.

Jan 21, 2003

IOM urges CDC to move slowly on smallpox vaccinations

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has urged the federal government to move slowly and carefully on its pre-event smallpox vaccination program, with a pause after the initial phase to assess the vaccine's safety before moving to a broader inoculation campaign.

Jan 17, 2003

Jan 17, 2003

Report of missing plague specimens in Texas was false alarm

(CIDRAP News) – A researcher's report of missing vials of the bacteria that causes plague led to a full-scale alert and investigation at Texas Tech University in Lubbock this week, but the alarm was called off when the researcher revealed he had previously destroyed the vials.

Jan 16, 2003

Jan 16, 2003

Minnesota to test irradiation education program in school districts

(CIDRAP News) – As the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares to offer irradiated ground beef to schools for their lunch programs, Minnesota state officials are planning a USDA-financed pilot project in three school districts to assess attitudes and test educational materials about irradiated beef.

Jan 16, 2003

Jan 16, 2003

FDA to discuss food security rules in meeting via satellite

(CIDRAP News) Ð The Food and DrugAdministration will hold a public meeting, broadcast via satellite link, Jan 29to discuss proposed rules to help prevent deliberate contamination of foodssold in the United States.

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