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HHS offers plan for defense against biological threats

HHS offers plan for defense against biological threats

first_imgApr 25, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently unveiled its plan for developing and buying medical countermeasures against a range of biological, chemical, and other threats, with new anthrax and smallpox vaccines among the near-term priorities.The 21-page implementation plan, released Apr 20 on the HHS Web site and in the Federal Register, details how the agency will acquire countermeasures against 14 threats on its priority list, which include nine category A biological agents, two category B biological agents, typhus, certain volatile nerve agents, and radiological and nuclear agents.HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in an Apr 18 press release that since the Sep 11 terrorist attacks the United States has made significant progress in securing medical countermeasures against a number of threats, but much more work remains.”This plan lays out our path forward in the coming years and will take advantage of our new authorities under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act to move forward with Project BioShield,” he said.Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion program, was established in 2004 to speed the development of medical treatments for the effects of biological and other unconventional weapons. But major drug companies showed little interest in the program. In passing the All-Hazards Preparedness Act last December, Congress tried to revitalize the program by authorizing partial payments to companies working under BioShield contracts before final delivery of their products.The HHS plan identifies acquisitions the agency will make under the remaining 5 years of Project BioShield, a 10-year program, as well as those the agency will pursue through fiscal year 2023.The report says the maturity of the product development pipeline and estimated costs guided HHS decisions and placement of items on near-term, mid-term, and long-term development lists. The agency focused on the countermeasures that offer the greatest opportunity to improve emergency preparedness across a range of threats.Priority is placed on countermeasures that involve “post-event prophylaxis” or postexposure treatment, the HHS report said. Though single treatments are appropriate for some of the biological threats—a “one bug, one drug” approach—HHS aid it wants to focus its efforts to more efficiently address groups of threats, using tools such as broad-spectrum antibiotics and broad-spectrum antivirals.The centerpiece of the HHS report is two tables: one that plots the priority countermeasures for each threat and another that lists the proposed funding sources for each countermeasure.Diseases listed among the priority threats include anthrax, botulism, glanders, meliodosis, Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers, tularemia, Argentine hemorrhagic fever, typhus, smallpox, and plague.Countermeasures that HHS would like to acquire in the near term, meaning in fiscal years 2007 and 2008, include broad-spectrum antibiotics and anthrax and smallpox vaccines. The report notes that HHS recently canceled a contract for a recombinant anthrax vaccine (a reference to a vaccine that was under development by VaxGen Inc.), but the agency “remains committed to acquiring next-generation anthrax vaccines.”HHS is also working to acquire a smallpox vaccine that would be safe for immunocompromised people, the report notes. The agency “is well advanced in the pre-award stage” of a program to buy one such vaccine, called modified vaccinia Ankara, it says.The list of products for mid-term acquisition—in fiscal years 2009 through 2013—includes broad-spectrum antibiotics, diagnostic tests for all biological agents, an anthrax antitoxin, filovirus countermeasures, and smallpox antivirals, as well as measures for diagnosing and treating radiological and nuclear agents and improving the distribution of nerve agent antidotes.Longer-term projects, beyond fiscal year 2013, would include broad-spectrum antivirals and a single, easy-to-use antidote effective against several volatile nerve agents.In its press release, HHS said it was seeking public comments on the implementation plan, which can be made through the Federal Register. The agency will also hold a stakeholders meeting for those involved in developing medical countermeasures, scheduled July 31 through Aug 2 in Washington, DC.See also:Apr 18 HHS press releasehttp://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2007pres/04/20070418a.htmlApr 18 CIDRAP News story “Danish firms expects to sell smallpox vaccine to US”last_img read more

Klopp wants Liverpool to be ‘best stay at home fans’ amid police concerns

Klopp wants Liverpool to be ‘best stay at home fans’ amid police concerns

first_img Loading… Read Also: Ex-Barcelona president reveals what he will pay for Martinez “And I understand there are some small number of games where the police do need to look more carefully at the operations for those games. “But we don’t know which games they are, we haven’t been given that information so, as far as we’re aware of this side, it doesn’t affect our club.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool supporters to prove themselves the best “stay at home fans in the world” after English police said Friday they wanted any potential Premier League title-clincher for the Reds played at a neutral venue in a bid to avoid a mass gathering outside Anfield. Police want at least six Premier League matches played at neutral venues Premier League chiefs have set June 17 as the date for the top flight to restart following the coronavirus delay. They hope to play the majority of the matches behind closed doors on a home and away basis at clubs’ usual stadiums. However, police are concerned about the issue of hardcore fans potentially flouting social distancing rules by congregating wherever their team play and want several fixtures, including Manchester City and Manchester United games not involving Liverpool, played at neutral venues. Liverpool are two wins away from sealing their first English title for 30 years. The Reds could be crowned champions as early as the first weekend of the restart if Manchester City lose to Arsenal and they beat Everton in a Merseyside derby. “I heard a few days ago a really good phrase about how we have the best home fans in the world, so we should maybe now say the best stay at home fans in the world,” Klopp told beIN SPORTS’ Keys & Gray Show, which is available on YouTube. “Now we are really desperate to play because we want to become champions on the pitch and it looks like we can do that wherever it will be,” the German boss added. “We hope it will be at Anfield but we don’t know, and that’s not important. “Most of the people on this planet have never had a chance in the life to become champion of the Premier League, for us it looks like that we have that chance. So we take it. “However, there will be a moment in our life when we have time and the opportunity and it’s allowed again to celebrate together.” – ‘Not perfect’ – Klopp insisted winning the title in an empty stadium would still be an “absolutely exceptional day in my life”. “It’s not perfect, but we know for a while and it will not be perfect but we are already used to that.” Earlier on Friday, police said they had reached a consensus with the Premier League that “balances the needs of football, while also minimising the demand on policing”. “The majority of remaining matches will be played, at home and away as scheduled, with a small number of fixtures taking place at neutral venues, which, contrary to some reports, have yet to be agreed,” said Mark Roberts, the Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts of South Yorkshire Police “The Premier League’s ambition is to complete all of our remaining fixtures this season home and away, where possible,” a Premier League statement said. “We are working with our clubs to ensure risks are assessed and minimised, while co-operating with the police at a local and national level.” There had been complaints from some clubs towards the bottom of the table, including Brighton, about the impact of playing at neutral venues on sporting integrity. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber is confident his relegation-threatened side’s matches will not be at neutral venues. “Obviously the majority of home games we expect to be at home for everybody,” he said. Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Best Natural History Museums In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women Dolast_img read more