British healthcare workers vaccinated to prepare for possible 2010 Olympics attack

Five hundred health workers have received vaccinations against smallpox, allowing them to deal with potential biological terror attacks at the 2012 Olympics.
The move illustrates the level of concern within the British government over the prospect of extremists turning to germ warfare for the upcoming summer Olympic Games. The British government has also stockpiled enough supplies of smallpox vaccine for a country-wide program of vaccination in the event of a deliberate release of the disease, the Telegraph reports.
The immunized medical staff members include 32 scientists, 147 doctors, 100 paramedics and 164 nurses who have been divided into smallpox management and response teams of five. In case of an outbreak, the teams would be diverted from their regular jobs in the NHS and Health Protection Agency.
“A wide range of possible incidents or attacks has been considered by government," Lord Henley, a Home Office minister, said, according to the Telegraph. "The U.K. Health Departments have established an appropriate stockpile of vaccines, medical countermeasures and specialist equipment to be used to protect and treat the public and emergency responders. A cohort of front line health workers has been vaccinated to deal with any initial suspected or confirmed cases of smallpox.”
While the teams were not specifically created for the Olympics, the government has created contingency plans to make sure they will be available during the event in July and August.