Vice president Biden's brother sent anthrax hoax letter

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 @ 12:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The brother of U.S. President Joe Biden was recently placed in the hospital overnight after opening a package containing a suspicious white powder that was initially feared to be anthrax.
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Report calls for examination of anthrax antibiotic storage

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 @ 12:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, public health officials should examine where and how the antibiotics for anthrax should be stored in their communities in the event of a large-scale anthrax attack.
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Ricin threat reported at Florida apartment complex

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 @ 12:49pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

An apartment complex in Orlando, Florida, was recently evacuated because a man living there claimed to be in possession of the potential bioterror agent ricin.
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North Dakota trains for anthrax attack

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 @ 12:51pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Southwest District Health Unit and a group of volunteers recently took part in full-scale training exercises across western North Dakota to test an anthrax outbreak scenario.
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Libyan mustard gas storage site may have been broken into

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 @ 12:16pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Chemical weapons experts recently acknowledged that they are investigating reports that a Libyan mustard gas storage site may have been broken into before falling into rebel hands.
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Government orders 44.75 million doses of anthrax vaccine from Emergent BioSolutions

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 @ 12:17pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., recently announced that it has received a contract to supply the U.S. government with 44.75 million doses of its anthrax vaccine, BioThrax, over a period of five years.
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Melioidosis can mutate to become antibiotic-resistant, study warns

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 @ 12:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

A new study has shown that the gram-negative bacterium that causes melioidosis, considered a major biothreat, can mutate to become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat it.
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Sec. of State Clinton reinforces nation's chemical weapons destruction goal

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 @ 12:45pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently released a statement reinforcing the United States
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PharmAthene names Markison to board of directors

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 @ 12:47pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

PharmAthlene, Inc., a biodefense company that develops medical countermeasures against chemical and biological threats, recently announced the appointment of Brian A. Markison to the company's board of directors.
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BARDA releases 2011-2016 strategic plan

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 @ 12:53pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, released the "BARDA Strategic Plan 2011-2016" this week, which includes the authority's upcoming vision, guiding principles and goals.
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Sen. Stabenow praises BioThrax purchase

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 @ 6:39pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) applauded the recent announcement that the U.S. government would buy 44.75 million doses of anthrax vaccine BioThrax from Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., to add to the nation's stockpile.
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Biden's brother released from hospital after powder scare

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 @ 6:44pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Francis Biden, the brother of Vice President Joe Biden, was hospitalized overnight after a white powder from a manila envelope sent from India fell onto his skin upon opening the mail.
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XOMA awarded contract to develop botulism antitoxins

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 @ 6:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

XOMA Ltd. has been awarded a new contract for up to $28 million over five years to develop broad-spectrum antitoxins for the treatment of human botulism poisoning.
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Experts optimistic at U.S. biosecurity outlook

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 @ 1:26am by BioPrepWatch Reports

In opening remarks, Thomas Inglesby, the CEO of the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC, offered three main reasons for optimism regarding the outlook for biosecurity.
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Questions about anthrax mailings linger 10 years later

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 @ 11:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

After 10 years, 9,000 interviews and 6,000 subpoenas, many questions about the 2001 anthrax attacks still remain unanswered.
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Budget cuts may hinder U.S. lab network

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 @ 11:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

On the 10th anniversary of the 2001 anthrax attacks, the U.S. laboratory network that tested more than 125,000 samples for the deadly bacterium is eroding, a new report has revealed.
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Rep. Mike Rogers applauds anthrax vaccine contract

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 @ 11:44am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Michigan Representative Mike Rogers announced on Monday that an anthrax vaccine contract worth $1.2 billion over five years to deliver almost 45 million doses of anthrax vaccine is positive news for jobs in Lansing, Mich.
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Fiftieth Navy ship equipped with biodetectors

Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 @ 11:46am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A U.S. Navy program to equip 128 warships with chemical, biological and radiological defense capabilities recently finished upgrading its 50th vessel.
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Financial woes won't deter USPS from delivering medical countermeasures

Friday, Oct 7, 2011 @ 11:16am by BioPrepWatch Reports

United States Postal Service officials recently stated that the service
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Iran calls for U.S., Russia to destroy chemical weapons

Friday, Oct 7, 2011 @ 11:21am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Iranian envoy to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons recently urged the organization to consider punitive actions against the United States and Russia for their failures to live up to the Chemical Weapons Convention.
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