June 2, 2000 |
Doctors, not the military or police, will have to protect the public after a bioterrorist attack, but not one hospital in the nation is prepared, an expert warned Thursday. Anthrax bacteria released in a small shopping mall could cause a crisis requiring 2,600 intensive-care beds, a number "not available anywhere in the country," said Dr. Michael Osterholm, who runs the Infection Control Advisory Network and frequently advises the government on public health issues.
July 22, 2010 |
Seventeen senators have signed a letter denouncing an effort to cut billions in funds for drugs and vaccines intended to thwart bioterrorism. At issue is a House budget bill that would cut up to $2 billion from the Project BioShield special reserve fund to buy drugs and vaccines in the event of a biological attack. The funds were set aside as a guarantee to private companies that if they produced the medicines, government money would be available to buy them. The White House has not objected to the cut and has criticized the fund.
July 14, 2010 |
A move in Congress to cut up to $2 billion from bioterrorism prevention "will drive a stake through the heart of America's fledgling biodefense efforts," former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) told President Obama in a letter released Tuesday. "It will require your intervention to avoid a self-inflicted wound to America's national security," Graham said in the letter written with former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.). The two chaired the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, which in January gave the Obama administration a failing grade on bioterrorism prevention efforts.
August 20, 2010 |
Acknowledging that the development of medical countermeasures against bioterrorism threats and pandemic flu is lagging, federal authorities Thursday announced a $1.9-billion makeover of the system for identifying and manufacturing drugs and vaccines for public health emergencies. The overhaul includes refinements to manufacturing aimed at shaving weeks off the time it takes to produce pandemic flu vaccine, and a series of steps aimed at more quickly spotting promising scientific discoveries and getting them to market.
July 13, 2010 |
On its face, it's just another Washington dispute about money. But a move by House Democrats to strip $2 billion from reserve funds for bioterrorism and pandemic flu — without objection from President Obama — has infuriated some of the country's foremost bioterrorism experts. It's a symbol, they say, of how the Obama White House is failing to properly address the threat posed by a potential biological attack, which they say could kill 400,000 Americans and do $2 trillion in economic damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2001 |
The California Medical Assn. announced Friday that it is launching a campaign to warn people about the dangers of overusing antibiotics because of bioterrorism threats. "We are concerned as physicians that alarm over bioterrorism will cause some patients to seek and take antibiotics needlessly," said Dr. Frank Staggers, president of the group. Patients throughout the state will be receiving from their doctors one-page explanations on the dangers of taking antibiotics unnecessarily.