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Feb 26, 2003

Feb 26, 2003

BioWatch program aims for nationwide detection of airborne pathogens

Editor's Note: The text as originally published on Feb 26 was revised slightly on March 10, 2003.

Mar 06, 2003

Mar 06, 2003

HHS plan would aid health workers injured by smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Seeking to remove a major barrier to its smallpox vaccination program, the Bush administration has proposed a program to compensate public health and healthcare workers who are harmed or lose wages because of the vaccine.

Mar 19, 2003

Mar 19, 2003

U.S. raises terrorism alert, steps up food and health security

(CIDRAP News) – Citing the likelihood of war with Iraq within days, federal officials have raised the terrorism alert level to "high" and launched "Operation Liberty Shield," a set of protective measures that includes increased food security and public health vigilance.

Mar 20, 2003

Mar 20, 2003

HHS to distribute $1.4 billion in biodefense funds to states

(CIDRAP News) – US states and territories will receive a total of nearly $1.4 billion for bioterrorism preparedness this year, and 20% of that will be available almost immediately to support smallpox vaccination or other needs, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.

May 01, 2003

May 01, 2003

GAO: CDC should clarify next steps in smallpox program

(CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should help states adjust their smallpox vaccination plans and goals to reflect the reality that relatively few health workers have volunteered for the shots so far, the General Accounting Office (GAO) of Congress says in a report released yesterday.

May 06, 2003

May 06, 2003

States to get $100 million extra for smallpox program

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said yesterday it will release $100 million in recently appropriated emergency funds to help states with their smallpox vaccination program and other public health preparedness efforts.

May 14, 2003

May 14, 2003

In funding guidelines, HHS urges states to press on with smallpox efforts

(CIDRAP News) – In new guidelines for obtaining federal bioterrorism preparedness funds, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is urging states to press on with their smallpox vaccination efforts and other smallpox response planning.

Jun 27, 2003

Jun 27, 2003

HHS offers tool to assess hospital staff needs for bioterrorism response

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is offering a new computer model to help hospitals and health systems estimate how many staff members they would need to dispense antibiotics or vaccinate people in response to bioterrorism or a major disease outbreak.

Sep 04, 2003

Sep 04, 2003

HHS releases $1.4 billion to states for public health preparedness

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said this week it is making $1.4 billion available to states and territories to improve their preparedness for terrorism and other public health emergencies.

Sep 29, 2003

Sep 29, 2003

CDC, HHS warn of possible SARS return

(CIDRAP News) – The heads of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cautioned last week that another outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) is possible in the United States or elsewhere.

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