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Senate Approves $5.6 Billion for 10-Year 'Bioshield' Project

May 20, 2004
by Vicki Kemper
Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON Repeatedly invoking the threat of terrorism, the Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a $5.6-billion, 10-year initiative to encourage private industry to develop vaccines and drugs that would protect Americans from biological, chemical or nuclear attacks... Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) called the bill, which he co-sponsored, "a major down payment in terms of health security for all Americans... Kennedy cited recent reports by the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, and the nonprofit Trust for America's Health on the failure of hospitals and public health agencies to prepare for bioterrorism attacks. "We still have a great ways to go," he said.

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