The majority of state and local governments in the United States are
unprepared for a major bioterror attack or infectious disease outbreak, said
two Democratic members of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security,
on October 25.
In 1999, the government created a national stockpile of drugs, vaccines,
and medical supplies for use following a biological attack or disease outbreak.
“Push packs” of supplies can fill a jumbo jet and be delivered
to any state within 12 hours. But the Democrats blame the Bush Administration
for failing to provide funding for disbursement of these supplies at the local
Mitka M. Bioterror Response Criticized. JAMA. 2004;292(22):2714. doi:10.1001/jama.292.22.2714-d