Report Urges Creation of New Agency to Develop Vaccines

Page, Douglas
March 2004
Fire Chief;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p24
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The article focuses on the importance of developing biodefense products as a counter measure against biowarfare. According to the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council the U.S. Congress should authorize the creation of a new agency within the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) devoted to the development of drugs, vaccines and other medical interventions against biowarfare agents. The DOD's existing medical biodefense activities, currently carried out by several units in the department, should be transferred along with their funding and personnel to a new agency. Then, if the DOD fails to make sufficient progress toward an effective program for developing medical countermeasures within three years that responsibility should be partially or completely transferred out of the DOD.


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