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Mar 29, 2002

Mar 29, 2002

Aventis to give millions of smallpox vaccine doses to US government

Aventis Pasteur announced today that it will give an estimated 75 million to 90 million doses of decades-old smallpox vaccine to the US government.

Mar 29, 2002

Mar 29, 2002

NIAID study: Diluted smallpox vaccine remains potent

A study indicates that the existing smallpox vaccine remains effective after being diluted five-fold and ten-fold, suggesting that the 15-million dose US stockpile can be stretched much further.

Mar 28, 2002

Mar 28, 2002

Aventis has cache of up to 90 million doses of smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – The French-basedpharmaceutical company Aventis Pasteur has a previously unreported cache of 70million to 90 million doses of frozen smallpox vaccine, the Washington Post reported today. If made available to the federal government,the supply would vastly expand the current US stockpile of 15.4 million doses.

Mar 27, 2002

Mar 27, 2002

President Bush moves to fill NIH and surgeon general positions

President Bush yesterday nominated an administrator from Johns Hopkins University to head the National Institutes of Health and an Arizona trauma surgeon and public health expert to be surgeon general.

Mar 26, 2002

Mar 26, 2002

Cidofovir derivative shows promise as oral drug for smallpox

Laboratory and animal experiments suggest that a new, orally administered derivative of the antiviral drug cidofovir could be an effective treatment for smallpox.

Mar 25, 2002

Mar 25, 2002

In simulated smallpox attack, vaccine shortage crippled national response

(CIDRAP News) – It is 13 days since the emergence of a hypothetical smallpox epidemic caused by the release of virus in three US shopping malls. Some 16,000 cases have been reported, 1,000 people have died, and the nation is running out of vaccine. Hospitals are overflowing, and federal and state officials are at odds over how to contain the epidemic.

Mar 21, 2002

Mar 21, 2002

Under farm bill, 'pasteurization' could replace 'irradiation' on food labels

(CIDRAP News) – The 2002 farm bill now before a House-Senate conference committee could change the marketing landscape for irradiated foods by allowing food processors to take the term "irradiation" off labels and replace it with "pasteurization."

Mar 19, 2002

Mar 19, 2002

US is vulnerable to foodborne bioterrorism, CDC report says

A recent Lancet report says the US needs to strengthen its public health system to minimize the danger.

Mar 18, 2002

Mar 18, 2002

NIAID releases lengthy bioterrorism research agenda

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has released a 68-page report on its plan for expanding research on "Category A" bioterrorism agents: anthrax, smallpox, plague, tularemia, viral hemorrhagic fevers, and botulism.

Mar 15, 2002

Mar 15, 2002

Harkin offers bill to restore USDA power to enforce Salmonella standard

(CIDRAP News) – Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, yesterday introduced a bill to restore the US Department of Agriculture's powerto shut down meatpacking plants whose products exceed the federal Salmonella standard.

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