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GAO says smallpox program lacks guidance

May 1, 2003 The General Accounting Office Thursday said the struggling national smallpox immunization program lacks direction and leadership. In its report, "Smallpox Vaccination: Implementation of National Program Faces Challenges" (GAO-03-578), GAO said the program is "unprecedented and complex," and called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide more guidance ...

Congress passes smallpox immunization compensation plan

April 14, 2003 Taking swift action after months of negotiations, Congress passed a bill Friday to compensate volunteers who suffer serious side effects as part of the national smallpox immunization campaign. The bill has now been sent to the White House for President Bush's signature. The plan was negotiated between the White House ...

Senator: Smallpox compensation plan will move quickly

March 7, 2003 Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., Thursday yesterday said a White House plan to resolve compensation issues in the national smallpox immunization plan would move "very quickly" through Congress and he warned that vaccinated health workers are urgently needed to protect the United States against a potential biological weapons attack. Gregg, chairman ...

Legislation in the works on smallpox compensation issue

February 28, 2003 Public health experts said this week that the single largest factor preventing implementation of the U.S. smallpox immunization plan is the lack of compensation for those sickened by the vaccine, but legislation is now being drafted to address the problem, according to congressional sources. Medical workers have stayed away from ...

CDC says it never aimed for 500,000 smallpox vaccinations

February 26, 2003 The U.S. smallpox immunization plan, which has been slowed by a lack of volunteers, was never intended to reach an often-reported, 30-day goal of inoculating 500,000 health workers, a spokesman from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. On Dec. 13, 2002, President Bush announced an initiative to ...

Defense research agency leads push for drugs to counter bioweapons

November 21, 2002 As the threat of biological terrorism has become more immediate and concern about new strains of pathogens has increased, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has responded by accelerating efforts to find new medicines that will reduce-and perhaps eliminate-the threat of anthrax and many other dangerous agents, scientists and U.S. ...