House Democrats have proposed to strip $2 billion from the nation’s bioterrorism emergency fund, Project BioShield. Recent studies demonstrate the danger of bioterrorism and pandemics to the U.S., in addition to precarious nature of our country’s bioterrorism preparation. Consequently, the House bill is cause for concern. Individual preparedness may be the only remedy for an ill-equipped federal emergency response to biological attacks or pandemics, but there are a number of impediments to this recourse. The following article suggests that U.S. biological attack and pandemic preparations are threatened by the funding cuts to Project BioShield.
Russian Roulette with Project BioShield
By Eric S. Morse