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Sep 05, 2007

Sep 05, 2007

CDC details problems at Texas A&M biodefense lab

(CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday released a lengthy list of safety violations it found in an investigation of a biodefense laboratory at Texas A&M University, where research on dangerous pathogens was suspended 2 months ago after problems came to light.

Oct 16, 2007

Oct 16, 2007

US funds work on drugs for plague, tularemia, anthrax

(CIDRAP News) – The US government recently awarded contracts totaling about $34 million to two companies for development of drugs to treat pneumonic plague, tularemia, and anthrax, three of the diseases terrorists are deemed most likely to try to exploit.

Nov 08, 2007

Nov 08, 2007

HHS issues guide for using call centers in emergencies

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a guide to help communities retool their health-related call centers into systems for meeting the needs of the public in homes or shelters during emergencies such as a pandemic or bioterrorist attack.

Feb 29, 2008

Feb 29, 2008

Judge dismisses suit to limit DoD anthrax vaccinations

(CIDRAP News) – A federal district judge has dismissed a lawsuit aiming to stop the Pentagon's mandatory anthrax vaccination program for troops serving in some areas overseas, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.

Judge Rosemary M. Collyer in Washington, DC, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) acted appropriately when it determined the vaccine was safe and approved its use, according to the AP.

Jun 03, 2008

Jun 03, 2008

HHS announces preparedness grants for public health, hospitals

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that it is allocating states and major metropolitan areas $1.1 billion to strengthen public health preparedness and help healthcare facilities respond to emergency events such as an influenza pandemic or terrorist attack.

Aug 12, 2008

Aug 12, 2008

HHS evaluates proposals for new anthrax vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – Two Maryland pharmaceutical companies recently announced that they have submitted proposals to produce and deliver at least 25 million doses of a next-generation anthrax vaccine to the nation's Strategic National Stockpile.

Sep 09, 2008

Sep 09, 2008

HHS funds work on new anthrax antitoxin

(CIDRAP News) – Emergent BioSolutions Inc. recently announced that it won a federal contract worth $24.3 million to develop a monoclonal antibody treatment to block the effects of anthrax toxin.

Feb 09, 2010

Feb 09, 2010

Major review of biodefense measures to start soon

(CIDRAP News) – A comprehensive review of the nation's tools for reducing the impact of a biological weapons attack or other public health emergency—prompted in part by last fall's delays in delivery of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine—is due to get under way in the next few weeks with a pair of conferences.

Feb 12, 2010

Feb 12, 2010

Report: For biodefense, US needs closer ties to industry

(CIDRAP News) – The US government needs much closer collaboration with private industry—like the arrangements used in building aircraft carriers and putting men on the moon—in order to improve the nation's medical defenses against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear threats, says a report from a federal advisory panel.

Aug 04, 2010

Aug 04, 2010

Twin Cities mail carriers prepare to deliver biodefense drugs

(CIDRAP News) – Mail carriers in Minneapolis and St. Paul are prepared to deliver antibiotics to some of the population in the event of an anthrax attack, putting the Twin Cities at the forefront of a program to use the US Postal Service (USPS) to help blunt bioterrorist assaults, according to federal and state officials.

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