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December 2010

L.A. dry run shows urban nuke attack 'a survivable event', by Steve Sternberg. USA Today. (12-15-2010): Dr. Ann Norwood comments on the response to a nuclear attack as Los Angeles County conducts a security exercise in which a 10 kiloton nuclear device is detonated, "A nuclear attack would be like 9/11 on steroids…. It would be a challenging moment in world history"

PA. scores well on emergency readiness: experts question criteria used to achieve rankings, by Vivian Nereim. Pittsburgh Post Gazette. (12-15-2010):  Dr. Eric Toner comments on the cuts in federal funding to public healthas outlined in the Trust for America’s Health report titled “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism”:  “I think it's a terrible shame, but it is a reflection of the very tough economy that we're in right now.”

Emergency medicine/internal medicine dual training section newsletter, Biosecurity, December 2010, Vol 2, #1, by Amesh A. Adalja, MD. (12-15-2010): Dr. Amesh Adalia of the Center for Biosecurity wrote this article.

Smallpox eradication. BBC World Service Radio(12-09-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson is interviewed.

U.S. denounces Wikileaks' release of list of crucial overseas facilities, by Andrew Zajac. Los Angeles Times. (12-07-2010): Mr. Randall Larsen weighs in on threats to national security posed by U.S. dependency on foreign suppliers, “In the 21st century, that capability to produce vaccines is just as important as the ability to produce our own fighter jets.”

November 2010

Security, health officials said to collaborate now more than ever before, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (11-29-2010): This article refers to a conference organized by the Center for Biosecurity titled “Improving Global Health, Strengthening Global Security.”

Virologist helped eradicate smallpox. Wall Street Journal. (11-26-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson commented about the passing of his colleague from the smallpox eradication effort, Dr. Frank Fenner: "He was clearly the world's authority on smallpox and related viruses."

Frank Fenner dies at 95; tracked end of smallpox, by William Grimes. New York Times. (11-25-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson is mentioned in this article the passing of his colleague from the smallpox eradication effort, Dr. Frank Fenner.

U.S. will expand biosecurity work to Africa, official says, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (11-23-2010): This article refers to a conference organized by the Center for Biosecurity titled “Improving Global Health, Strengthening Global Security.”

Farewell Frank Fenner, eradicator of smallpox, by Debora Mackenzie. New Scientist.(11-22-2010): Dr. D. A. Henderson is noted in this article about the passing of his colleague from the smallpox eradication effort, Dr. Frank Fenner.

Resurrecting history's pathogens: no oversight for a dangerous business. Huffington Post. (11-19-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson weighs in on re-creating the 1918 flu strain in a lab, “The potential implications of an infected lab worker —and [of] spread beyond the lab—are terrifying." 

Why Senator Lugar is worried about terrorism in East Africa, by Mike Pflanz. Christian Science Monitor. (11-12-2010): Dr. Gigi Gronvall comments on biological weapons production: “It is a lower-tech option than making a nuclear weapon, sure, but it’s not as simple as stealing it and then infecting yourself. To then infect others, you would have to know a little bit about what you are doing.”

October 2010 

CIDRAP News. (10-25-2010): A Clinicians’ Biosecurity Network Report on flu vaccination of HCW is noted in CIDRAP’s news scan.

September 2010

Countries celebrate 30th anniversary of smallpox eradication, vaccine revolving fund, and look ahead to new challenges. PAHO. (09-28-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson talks about the World Health Organization’s smallpox eradication program “Lest we forget, this was a disease more feared than any pestilence or plague. Three hundred million died from it in the 20th Century, and in our quest to eradicate it, national antipathies were set aside, even in the Cold War.”

Biodefense system overhaul was necessary, HHS secretary says, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (09-27-2010): This article summarizes remarks delivered by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius at the conference titled, “The State of Biopreparedness: Lessons from Leaders, Proposals for Progress,” convened by the Center for Biosecurity on September 23, 2010.

Remarks by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the Biopreparedness in 2010 Summit (as released by HHS) Location: Washington DC, Federal News Service. (09-23-2010):
Dr. Tom Inglesby and the Center for Biosecurity are mentioned in Secretary Sebelius’s speech.

Synthetic pathogens might pose bioterror threat, scientists warn, by Rachel Oswald. Global Security Newswire. (09-10-2010): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall discusses government regulation of synthetic biology and the need for a robust response capability in the event of an epidemic , "You don’t want to put every egg in one basket but where I think the majority of eggs should be is the ability to respond to diseases whether they are accidental, natural or deliberate."

August 2010

WHO prepares to consider smallpox eradication again, Global Security Newswire/Medill News Service. (08-26-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson discusses the role of the U.S. and Russia in the global eradication of smallpox, "We were the ones who really suffered for this disease and worked to get rid of it."

August 24, 2010
Smallpox stores stir controversy, by Emmarie Huetteman. UPI/Medill News Service. (08-24-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson discusses the role of the U.S. and Russia in the global eradication of smallpox, "We were the ones who really suffered for this disease and worked to get rid of it."

August 20, 2010
International experts to discuss biological weapons use, preparedness, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (08-20-2010): Article refers to a meeting hosted by the Center for Biosecurity to discuss the 2011 BWC RevCon.

Pregnant women to get anthrax jab. Emerging Health Threats Forum. (08-04-2010): Dr. Eric Toner comments about CDC's updated guidelines that call for vaccinating pregnant women against anthrax following an aerosolized attack: “The vaccine would only be used after an B. anthracis release and then the risk/benefit equation is very clear . . . Whatever tiny risk to the mother or fetus there might be from the vaccine would be greatly outweighed by the risk of dying from inhalational anthrax."

Committee recommends a sequence-based system for identifying pathogens, by Meredith Wadman. Nature. (08-03-2010): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall comments about a National Academies proposal to classify pathogens by genetic sequence: "It would actually decrease regulatory clarity."

Report urges genetic IDs for bioterror germs, by Steve Sternberg. USA Today. (08-03-2010): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall notes that classifying select agents by their gene sequences as well as by their scientific names would "put the onus on DNA synthesis companies to follow up if someone orders a sequence that might be dangerous."
 

July 2010

How to plan for improvised nuclear devices. Science and National Security. Host: Randy Larsen. Federal News Radio(07-26-2010): Dr. Thomas Inglesby provides an overview of the Center for Biosecurity ’s conference on surviving a nuclear detonation, and the importance of taking protective actions immediately following a blast. Listen to the webcast

Former Senators criticize possible cut to BioShield funds, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire.(07-13-2010): Dr. Brad Smith comments about potential cuts to the program: “Bioshield is a critical national security program that should be properly supported and funded.”

 
June 2010

Documents show vast cleanup of Plum Island land. Associated Press/ABC News. (06-26-2010): With regard to pathogenic research on Plum Island, Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall comments: “I'd say it's extremely unlikely that any pathogens could have been released.”

U.S. boosts biodefense funding in new budget, by Rachel Oswald. Global Security Newswire. (06-24-2010): A report published by Center for Biosecurity is mentioned in this article.

Bioterror countermeasures should be local, Science and National Security. Host: Randy Larsen. Federal News Radio. (06-21-2010): Ms. Brooke Courtney discusses the state and local role in responding to a biological attack. Listen to the webcast

Biosecurity struggles between safe and secure, Science and National Security. Host: Randy Larsen. Federal News Radio. (06-14-2010): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall discusses safety and security of laboratories. Listen to the webcast

World Health Organization scientists linked to swine flu vaccine makers; Investigation raises questions about WHO's handling of H1N1 pandemic, by Todd Neale. Medpage Today /ABC News. (06-05-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson weighs in on criticism about the WHO guidelines for the use of antivirals and vaccines for H1N1: “Each national body and expert group is more comfortable ascribing mistakes in strategy or policy to someone else. WHO is a handy whipping post. I would characterize this focus on WHO as a 'cheap shot.'“

WHO says H1N1 flu still a pandemic: international agency says swine flu is still infecting people, but virus is past peak, by Lauren Cox. ABCNEWS.com. (06-03-2010): In response WHO’s announcement that H1N1 influenza remains pandemic, Dr. D.A. Henderson comments "The 'pandemic' refers to the large numbers of influenza epidemics occurring coincident with the spread of the new strain."
  

May 2010

Age profile of H1N1 cases sparks discussion of 'original antigenic sin,' by Robert Roos. CIDRAP News. (05-28-2010): A letter written by Drs. Amesh Adalja and D.A. Henderson that was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases is mentioned in this article.

New strategy may be last shot to get rid of polio, by Maria Cheng. Associated Press. (05-20-2010): In response to the unveiling of a new strategy to eradicate polio, Dr. D.A. Henderson comments, “I'm not sure how the new strategy differs from the ones adopted in 2007, 2004, and 1999.”

Growing public interest in genetic science sparks some bio-security concerns, by Stew Magnuson. National Defense Magazine. (05-17-2010): Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall comments about do-it-yourself biology, “I would take a wait-and-see approach to DIY-bio. There are many more positive aspects to it than negative.”

The death of a disease, by D.A. Henderson. Global Health Magazine. (05-11-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson authors an article that recounts the World Health Organization’s global smallpox eradication campaign.

The man who defeated smallpox, by David Hoffman. Foreign Policy. (05-05-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson discusses the World Health Organization’s global smallpox eradication program and his book titled Smallpox—The Death of a Disease.

Situational awareness in WMD attacks remains a challenge, experts say, by Matt Korade. CQ Homeland Security. (05-03-2010): Ms. Jennifer Nuzzo is named as a source in this article.

 

April 2010

WMD chairs analyze house WMD bill, by Mickey McCarter. Homeland Security Today. (04-22-2010): A study conducted by the Center for Biosecurity is mentioned in this article.

The fire next time, by William Matthews. Government Health IT. (04-20-2010): Surveying the current state of biosurveillance efforts, Jennifer Nuzzo notes that there are “hundreds of separate surveillance programs that serve a range of purposes. Many are duplicative or have overlapping missions, and most are not interoperable.”

Bioterrorism decontamination could cost trillions, report warns. Global Security Newswire. (04-13-2010): Article refers to a report on decontamination published by the Center for Biosecurity .

A campaign shows signs of progress against polio, by Celia W. Dugger. The New York Times. (04-12-2010): Dr. D. A. Henderson is quoted in this article.

Guinea worm a greater challenge than smallpox, by Madison Park. CNN. (04-06-2010): Dr. D. A. Henderson comments about Guinea worm eradication efforts: "I am persuaded that the Guinea worm effort is entirely possible…It's going to be difficult because most of the problem is in southern Sudan where there is lot of hostility and fighting."

Obama administration scraps quarantine regulations, by Alison Young. USA Today. (04-02-2010): Ms. Jennifer Nuzzo comments about proposed federal quarantine regulations and the U.S. government’s decision to withdraw and revise them: "They probably learned during H1N1 that this hope of preventing diseases from entering the country by stationing people at airports is unrealistic."

Plan expert: CDC made 'serious mistake' on N95s. Hospital Infection Control. (04-01-2010): Dr. Eric Toner discusses the practicality of CDC's recommendation that healthcare workers wear N95 masks during the H1N1 pandemic: "There were not enough — and still are not enough — N95 respirators to be used in the way that the guidance recommended . . . There was no opportunity for hospitals to buy enough N95s to follow the guidance. So even if they wanted to [follow the guideline] there was no way to do it. The CDC made a judgment that N95s were the highest degree of protection. I wouldn't necessarily argue with that, but what good is making a guideline that can't be followed?"

Other duties suffered but IPs rose to occasion. Hospital Infection Control. (04-01-2010): Dr. Eric Toner discusses how the H1N1 pademic affected hospitals' infection control activities: "Typically, infection control departments in hospitals can be one person or sometimes two . . . If they are doing a lot of work with a pandemic they don't have time to do other things."

HHS unveils strategy for disaster response. Emergency Department Management. (04-01-2010): Dr. Eric Toner remarks about the National Health Security Strategy and the need for greater coordination of disaster planning: "In my hospital I worked on my response plans, but I did not know what others were doing, what the state or the federal government was doing," Toner says. "We need more local collaboration — collaboration that's really transparent — with other hospitals, and then close planning and exercise work with our state, neighboring states, and the federal government."

H1N1 pandemic legacy may be mandatory flu shots for health care workers. Hospital Infection Control. (04-01-2010): Dr. Eric Toner talks about the safety of the H1N1 vaccine: "They put in a monitoring process that didn't exist before, but in terms of testing the vaccine they used the same procedures and methodologies they use each year."

  
March 2010

Security experts urge better preparation for health catastrophes, Daily Herald (Chicago). (03-09-2010): The Center for Biosecurity is mentioned in this article.

Biggest swine flu regret for us: vaccine chaos, by Maggie Fox. Reuters. (03-05-2010): The Center for Biosecurity is mentioned in this article.
  

February 2010

Tragedy of individual Haitians risks overshadowing chronic health problems, by Alfred Sommer. Washington Post. (02-22-2010): Dr. D. A. Henderson is mentioned in this article. 

Health agency plans summit on U.S. biological threat preparations, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (02-05-2010): Dr. Eric Toner discusses the development of countermeasures against bioterrorism threats, "What we've not been able to do is get those countermeasures through what's called the advanced development phase to a drug that can then be licensed. We're batting zero in that regard."
  

January 2010 

Analysis: swine flu is not just a hoax by big pharma, by Debora Mackenzie. New Scientist. (01-19-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson comments about the 1957 flu epidemic, "A quarter of Americans had flu, and there were excess deaths. But for one watching from close range, it did little more than disrupt school football schedules."

Delaware health: officials warn of swine flu resurgence; Asian flu of 1957 serves as a cautionary tale, by Hiran Ratnayake. The News Journal. (Wilmington, DE). (01-17-2010): Dr. D.A. Henderson notes the similarities between the 1957 flu pandemic and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, "It was remarkably similar to the one we're seeing today… It's almost like you're running the same film a second time."

January 8, 2010
Budget strips more than $600 million from Bioshield program, by Martin Matishak. Global Security Newswire. (01-08-2010): Dr. Brad Smith offers insight on federal funding for Project Bioshield, "From a company's perspective, if they're going to enter into this long-term investment of their time and resources, I think it's appropriate for them to have some confidence that the government will actually have money available to buy [WMD countermeasures]."