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Saturday, August 14, 2004

Bioterror Defense

August 14, 2004
The threat of biological attack is considered so serious that President George W. Bush in late July signed Project Bioshield, creating a $5.6 billion fund to stockpile treatments for smallpox, botulism and anthrax over ten years, without the need for approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. This fall, Washington will start to free up hundreds of millions of dollars to stockpile anthrax antidotes and $1.4 billion to buy vaccine doses.

The Congressional Budget Office figures the bill could come to $8 billion over ten years. The National Institutes of Health will spend another $1.6 billion this year, up from $291 million in 2002, on bio-defense work. ... FR Reprint.

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