US Grade for Bio-Terror Readiness: F

Feds 'failing to address several urgent threats,' commission says
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2010 6:26 PM CST
US Grade for Bio-Terror Readiness: F
Medical officers give treatment to patients during a drill simulating a bioterrorist attack.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The US is woefully unprepared for a biological attack—getting an “F” from a bipartisan commission on weapons of mass destruction. “While the government has made progress on preventing such attacks, it is simply not paying consistent and urgent attention to the means of responding quickly and effectively so that they no longer constitute a threat of mass destruction,” the report said. “We no longer have the luxury of a slow learning curve.”

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The commission took particular note of the government’s slowness in distributing H1N1 vaccines. “H1N1 came with months of warning,” the report said. “But even with time to prepare, the epidemic peaked before most Americans had access to vaccine. A bio attack will come with no such warning.” (Read more biological weapons stories.)

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