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Smallpox and Bioterrorism

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posted on Mar, 22 2005 @ 08:54 AM
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"The Iraq war is over, no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) have yet been found, and the president's smallpox plan, though sound, is running out of steam. Instead of being well on the way to protecting the nation's civilian population by vaccinating up to 10 million health, emergency, and public safety workers, we are stalled at 37,971 vaccinated civilians while the military has successfully and safely vaccinated more than 450,000 people. Moreover, whether or not WMD are found in Iraq, it is only one of a number of nations on the list of suspects.

Of all biological weapons, smallpox has the greatest potential for doing widespread harm. Given that the risk of death or serious harm to anyone from any form of terrorism is very low, we should live our daily lives normally, not in fear. However, to do that we need to be sure that our government is taking effective steps to reduce the chances of terrorism and, when it occurs, to minimize its consequences. Even though there is enough vaccine for everyone, we are ill prepared to rapidly contain smallpox after a bioterrorist release."

www.cato.org...

It would appear that the US is "ripe" for a bio-terror attack. Why has the plant stalled to vaccinate the healthcare professionals?




 
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