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Mar 16, 2011

Mar 16, 2011

HHS: 386 injury claims filed over H1N1 countermeasures

Editor's note: This story was revised Mar 17 to include additional information about the number of claims filed and processing steps.

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has so far received 386 claims of injuries related to the 2009 pandemic H1N1 vaccine and related pandemic countermeasures, HHS officials reported today.

May 12, 2011

May 12, 2011

NRC seeks changes in US vaccine program for biodefense workers

(CIDRAP News) – A report from the National Research Council (NRC) calls for some changes in a US Army immunization program for lab researchers who work with dangerous pathogens, saying the vaccines need to be made more accessible to civilian scientists.

Jun 15, 2011

Jun 15, 2011

Panel calls for refining, paring select-agent list

(CIDRAP News) – A federal advisory committee is recommending that 11 bacterial species and viruses on the current "select agent" list, including anthrax and Ebola virus, be singled out for special safeguards and that another 19 agents be dropped from the list entirely.

Jul 26, 2011

Jul 26, 2011

HHS says countermeasures program making progress

(CIDRAP News) – The US government's efforts to promote the development of new medical countermeasures (MCMs) against biological and other unconventional weapons are making headway, with more than 70 products now in development, a top Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official told a House committee recently.

Jul 28, 2011

Jul 28, 2011

Renewal of 2006 preparedness law advances in US House

(CIDRAP News) – The US House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved legislation to renew and fine-tune a 2006 law that has been credited with significantly improving the nation's preparedness for public health emergencies.

Aug 03, 2011

Aug 03, 2011

HHS awards grants to 5 cities for anthrax response

(CIDRAP News) – Five US metropolitan areas will receive a total of $400,000 in grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to incorporate US Postal Service (USPS) volunteers into plans to deliver antibiotics after an anthrax attack.

Sep 15, 2011

Sep 15, 2011

BARDA contracts support new anthrax countermeasures

(CIDRAP News) – Two companies recently received contracts to advance the development of countermeasures against Bacillus anthracis attacks, a next-generation vaccine given as a nasal spray and an injectable antitoxin, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.

Sep 22, 2011

Sep 22, 2011

HHS anthrax vaccine advisors weigh pediatric use

(CIDRAP News) – A federal working group recommends that the US government assess the safety and immunogenicity of anthrax vaccine in children before an attack with Bacillus anthracis occurs rather than after, according to a presentation today before the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB).

Sep 30, 2011

Sep 30, 2011

IOM: States, locals should decide where to store anthrax drugs

(CIDRAP News) – Positioning supplies of antibiotics in communities has been proposed as the next step to prepare for a Bacillus anthracis attack, and state and local public health officials are in the best position to determine where and how they should be stored, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) expert group reported today.

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