The anthrax attacks: Biopreparedness ten years later

October 15, 2011
by Tom Daschle & Jonathan Moreno

Ten years ago, a series of anthrax attacks throughout the country followed hard on the heels of 9/11. The deadly powder made its way through the postal system – including several sent to Senate offices — ultimately claiming five victims. The nation was alerted as never before to yet another threat to national security. Suddenly words like biopreparedness and Cipro were on everyone’s lips.

How much have we learned about biodefense in the last decade? Is America more prepared for a biological weapons attack, or even a pandemic, than it was during that frightening October 2001? In the last few weeks, Hollywood has chimed in with a film, “Contagion,” that plays out the worst possible scenario.


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