President Obama to unveil bioterror response plan during State of the Union

A new plan will be unveiled by President Barack Obama during his State of the Union Address to allow for a quicker and better response to bioterror threats and attacks, the White House has announced.

Obama's announcement, which comes on the heels of a critical report of the government's ability to prepare and respond to bioterror attacks, will call for changing medical countermeasures plans. The new plans will call for quick, reliable and affordable antidotes during any public health emergency.

The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation, which gave a failing grade to the Obama administration for efforts to prepare and respond to a bioattack, says that the Obama administration is not currently addressing urgent threats such as bioterrorism.

This is not the first critical report by the WMD against the government's biological preparedness. in 2008, following another critical report, the government developed a plan to prevent the illegal spread of biological weapons.

Following the roll out of that plan in November, Obama signed an order that created a system to allow the government to rapidly distribute medical countermeasures to supplement both state and local responses following a biological attack. That system will utilize the U.S. Postal Service to reach every American household.

Despite the changes by the Obama administration, members of the WMD commission still say that not enough is being done.

"Each of the last three administrations has been slow to recognize and respond to the biothreat," former Sen. Bob Graham, chairman of the commission, told the Associated Press. "But we no longer have the luxury of a slow learning curve, when we know al-Qaida is interested in bioweapons."