U.S. Congress Passes Bioshield

July 15, 2004
by Joe Fiorill
Global Security Newswire

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday bestowed final congressional approval on legislation to guarantee a government market for medical countermeasures against a biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear attack... ...Executive Director Shelley Hearne of the Trust for America’s Health, a nonpartisan advocacy group, expressed similar sentiments today. “While we feel that Bioshield is an important and laudable step toward better preparedness,” Hearne said through a spokesman, “we also need a simultaneous upgrade on distribution systems and work-force shortages. We need to shore up the full spectrum of our bioterrorism and public-health capabilities in order to really improve our readiness.”

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