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CDC director denies existence of smallpox immunization program

November 19, 2003 In a sharp departure from previous public comments by senior federal officials, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the United States never launched a smallpox vaccination program this year, but instead worked toward an overall preparedness campaign. Almost a year ago, CDC Director...

Smallpox immunization program stalls

November 7, 2003 GENEVA-With a national television address, high-level bipartisan backing, and his own presidential immunization, President Bush kicked off America's national smallpox vaccination campaign with great fanfare at the end of 2002. Health officials began vaccinating emergency health care workers soon after and expected to immunize about 500,000 in the first phase....

Pentagon needs more chemical protection suits, GAO says

September 23, 2003 The Defense Department has too few chemical protection suits to equip its personnel and the deficiency is growing larger, according to a classified report by General Accounting Office, which released a public summary Monday. Although the rate of suit production has increased recently, the demand for suits is outpacing the...

GAO says Army's chemical disposal program lacks leadership

September 8, 2003 The Army's chemical demilitarization program is in "turmoil" because of poor leadership and management, government auditors announced in a report released Friday. Under its Chemical Weapons Convention obligations, the United States was supposed to destroy 45 percent of its chemical weapons stockpile by April 2004, but Pentagon officials last week...

GAO: Federal, local agencies do not effectively share terrorism intelligence

September 2, 2003 Almost two years after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a broad spectrum of U.S. security officials said that information on terrorist threats is still not being shared effectively, according to a General Accounting Office survey. "No level of government perceived the process as effective, particularly when...

Report: Laboratories unprepared for chemical attack

July 31, 2003 U.S. laboratories are not prepared to analyze or respond to a chemical weapons attack, the Association of Public Health Laboratories announced today. If terrorists attacked using dangerous chemical agents, laboratories would not be prepared to test environmental samples and provide crucial information on contaminated areas, according to an APHL report....

Korean War II?

July 22, 2003 Fifty years after he sided with the Communist North in the Korean War, Park Gab Dong traveled to Washington to push for U.S. military strikes against the autocratic regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. The 84-year-old Park, who now leads a Tokyo-based group of North Korean defectors, was...

Emergency workers need $100 billion over five years, report says

June 30, 2003 U.S. emergency responders need almost $100 billion over the next five years to adequately prepare for a terrorist attack, according to a report released Sunday by the Council on Foreign Relations. "Nearly two years after 9/11, the United States is drastically underfunding local emergency responders and remains dangerously unprepared to...

Monkeypox outbreak tests bioterrorism response systems

June 12, 2003 U.S. efforts to prepare for a bioterrorist attack have enabled an effective response to this month's outbreak of monkeypox in the United States, according to health officials and public health experts. "State health departments have been actively involved in planning and preparing for the possibility of a bioterrorist event. We...

Report says public health labs unprepared for chemical attack

June 4, 2003 U.S. security officials and lawmakers have long fretted over the possibility of chemical or biological terrorism in the United States, but the public health system remains "woefully unprepared" to deal with such an attack, according to a study released Wednesday by a public health group. "Thirty years of inadequate training,...

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