George Mason biosecurity course keeps global health security relevant

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 @ 12:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The goal of the Pandemics, Bioterrorism and International Security course at George Mason University (GMU) “is to prepare participants for dealing with issues at the nexus of health and security in a globalized world,” Gregory Koblentz, deputy director of the Biodefense Graduate Program in GMU’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, said.
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House passes First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 @ 4:09pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. House passed the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act of 2015 (H.R. 1300) by a vote of 424-0 on Wednesday. The bill would allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to distribute vaccines against anthrax to emergency-response personnel who wish to be vaccinated.
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House panel examines protocols to avoid another live-anthrax shipment

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 @ 6:03pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) , ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, called for action on Tuesday to ensure safe handling of dangerous pathogens and other materials in federal laboratories.
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Vermont to get $6.7 million in Homeland Security grants

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 @ 6:22pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said on Tuesday that Vermont will receive approximately $6.7 million in grant funding to enhance its prevention, preparedness and response programs to ensure the state's ready for any terror attacks or other disasters.
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House hearing aims to address concerns after live-anthrax shipment

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 @ 6:50pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce released an overview of Tuesday's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing regarding the recent accidental shipment of anthrax samples with small amounts of live material, and what can be done to ensure it never happens again.
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Liverpool man found guilty in attempt to obtain ricin

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 @ 12:10am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the U.K. announced Wednesday that Mohammed Ammer Ali of Liverpool was found guilty in attempting to acquire ricin toxin over the Internet.
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DOD details findings from chemical security summit

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 @ 12:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Department of Defense issued a report on Tuesday detailing the Annual Chemical Sector Security Summit that took place this past week in Alexandria, Virginia. 
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Congresswomen introduce bill to improve biothreat preparedness

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 @ 11:49am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Legislation comes after U.S. receives 15 F's for biothreat preparedness.
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Army Chemical Corps honored at Green Dragon Ball

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 @ 6:52pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Army Brig. Gen William King IV, commander of 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE ) Command, honored the Army Chemical Corps during his speech at the National Capital Region Green Dragon Ball on July 24. 
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Constant & Associates seeks emergency mangement analyst

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 @ 7:54pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Constant & Associates (C&A), a California consulting firm that specializes in emergency management and security sectors and applications, announced in a job posting for an emergency management/homeland security analyst.
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Ohio inmate indicted in anthrax hoax, death threat

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 @ 8:11pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Franklin County, Ohio, Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said Wednesday an Ohio inmate has been indicted for allegedly sending a threatening letter with a bag that had been labeled with anthrax.
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SWSES authorized to manage medical waste asociated with Ebola

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 @ 11:49am by BioPrepWatch Reports

With a new permit approval, SWS Environmental Services (SWSES) is able to transport and manage medical waste associated with the treatment of the Ebola virus, it announced Wednesday.
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Sandia uses components from past nuclear technology in today's training

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 @ 12:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

Sandia National Laboratories is using technology and components from old nuclear systems to connect nuclear engineers with the past in the Nuclear Weapon Legacy Hardware Project, it announced Thursday.
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Emergency Response Act aims to enhance biothreat preparedness

Friday, Jul 31, 2015 @ 4:36pm by BioPrepWatch Reports

U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced a bill this week that would reform the nation's medical countermeasure acquisition process and incentivize research on emerging deadly diseases.
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