Bioethics committee debates anthrax vaccine trial

Monday, May 21, 2012 @ 10:55am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues met on Friday to assess the ethics of an anthrax vaccine trial on children to determine the vaccine's efficacy in case of a bioterrorist attack.
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Amendment to save two CST teams passes

Monday, May 21, 2012 @ 11:19am by BioPrepWatch Reports

An amendment to keep the Brooklyn-based 24th National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team from proposed budget cuts was voted unanimously to be included in the House of Representative's FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
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South Korea introduces plans to respond to bioterror threat

Monday, May 21, 2012 @ 11:39am by BioPrepWatch Reports

South Korea's public health and safety agency recently announced its intention to create a five year plan to better protect the country from possible bioterrorism attacks.
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Boston plans bioterror tests at MBTA stations

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 10:16am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate are planning to test biological detection gear at multiple Boston subway system stations this summer.
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Illinois first responders simulate bioterrorism attack

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 10:51am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Employees and volunteers at the Quad-Cities Processing & Distribution Facility in Rock Island County, Illinois, participated in a full-scale bioterrorism exercise on Thursday to prepare first responders for biological attacks.
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U.S., allies plan to seize Syrian weapons sites in emergency

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 11:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Obama administration is accelerating its planning for a series of potential crises in Syria in the coming months, including the government's possible loss of control over a portion of its chemical weapons stockpiles.
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RAF base may be contaminated by mustard agent

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 @ 11:51am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A Royal Air Force airbase located in northern Scotland may be contaminated with mustard agent.
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Israeli army fears that Syrian chemical weapons could reach Hezbollah

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 10:09am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Yair Naveh, the Israeli deputy army chief of staff, expressed concern this week that Syria's chemical weapons arsenal could be transferred to Hezbollah, which could impact not just Israel but the whole world.
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N.C. first responders take part in bioterrorism drill

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 10:51am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Local emergency responders in Fayetteville, North Carolina, responded to a simulated chemical and biological weapons attack at the Crown Expo Center on Tuesday morning.
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Memphis holds anthrax drill

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 11:41am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Memphis Post Office recently held an emergency drill that simulated the release of the bioterror agent anthrax.
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Scientists create image of plague injection apparatus

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 11:52am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Researchers in Germany and the United States recently created an image of the sophisticated injection apparatus used by bacteria when infecting a host.
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HHS adds $32 million to smallpox vaccine contract

Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 9:56am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has supported the expansion of a phase 3 study for Bavarian Nordic A/S's IMVAMUNE smallpox vaccine by increasing the value of its procurement contract by $32 million.
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BARDA head to discuss strategy at upcoming conference

Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 9:58am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Carol Linden, the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority is expected to lay out the agency's future strategy for protecting the public against bioterrorism at an upcoming conference in Washington.
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Three die in Ghana anthrax outbreak

Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 10:24am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Another outbreak of anthrax in the Upper East region of Ghana has led to three deaths in the Balungu electoral area of the Bongo District.
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Inspection raises biosafety concerns in Asia-Pacific containment labs

Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 11:05am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A recent anonymous inspection of biocontainment laboratories in developing counties in the Asia-Pacific region has raised concerns among experts because of the significant number of deficiencies it found in biosafety protocols and equipment.
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FBI investigates Oregon white powder suspect

Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 10:23am by BioPrepWatch Reports

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that it is investigating an inmate in Multnomah County as a possible suspect behind at least one of the recent white powder scares in Portland, Oregon.
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Bioterror vaccine stockpile strategy called into question

Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 10:42am by BioPrepWatch Reports

A member of the House Intelligence Committee has called the Obama administration into question over whether the nation's anthrax and smallpox vaccine efforts are slowing down due to cost and mismanagement.
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PositiveID testing new detector for BioWatch procurement

Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 11:12am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Positive ID Corporation is currently conducting tests on a new bioagent detection system that is capable of remotely identifying DNA-based pathogens, with or without either RNA-based organisms or toxins.
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Anthrax outbreak in Ghana claims two more victims

Friday, May 25, 2012 @ 11:31am by BioPrepWatch Reports

Two more people have died in an anthrax outbreak that was thought to be under control in the Upper East region of Ghana.
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NSABB may not have been up to bird flu oversight task

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 @ 10:37am by BioPrepWatch Reports

After the controversial debate surrounding the H5N1 avian influenza studies published by Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Ron Fouchier, questions linger about whether or not the biosecurity panel was up to the challenge.
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