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Capitol Health Call
December 8, 2004

Bioterror Response Criticized

JAMA. 2004;292(22):2714. doi:10.1001/jama.292.22.2714-d

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 level.