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  • amlnlover100 amlnlover100 Feb 9, 2013 8:12 AM Flag

    New activity in biodefense continues...

    February 8, 2013

    "Sen. Burr introduce Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013

    The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 was introduced this week by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), along with Sens. Harkin, Enzi, Casey and Alexander.

    The bipartisan efforts aims to ensure that the United States is prepared for a host of medical and public health emergencies, including biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear attacks..."

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    • Most of these stories don't directly impact on Siga, of course. But where they are relevant is in addressing the one single case that could be made for SIGA having a diminished upside after the trial: That smallpox is no longer of concern; that the US government and other governments have moved on from worrying about bioterror.

      I think that assertion is nonsense, and these stories indicate that bioterror is still in the center of leaders' sights. If that's the case, then there's no reason to think that SIGA's potential upside is a penny less than it was a year and a half ago, in spite of cautious (I.e. cowardly) price targets from analysts, etc.

    • February 2, 2013

      "In Beirut on Thursday, Syria’s ambassador said Damascus could make “a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes.” He gave no details but said Syria was “defending its sovereignty and its land.”

      Regarding Syrian chemical weapons, in December WND reported Iran had passed nonconventional weapons to Syria for possible use in the event the regime of Bashar al-Assad faces imminent collapse, according to knowledgeable Middle Eastern security officials.

      Last month, WND reported Israeli special forces were operating inside Syria to track the country’s non-conventional weapons as well as any such weapons that may be in possession of the rebels, according to informed Middle Eastern intelligence sources.

      The sources confirmed a Sunday Times report from December that also noted Israeli special forces were on the ground in Syria working as spotters to track the regime’s stocks of chemical and biological weapons.

      “For years we’ve known the exact location of Syria’s chemical and biological munitions,” an Israeli source told the Sunday Times. “But in the past week we’ve got signs that munitions have been moved to new locations.”

    • Iran protecting Syria's chemical weapons
      Tehran fears further Israeli airstrikes targeting Damascus

      TEL AVIV, Israel – According to informed Middle Eastern security officials, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard units are currently working to help Syria secure its missile arsenal and sensitive military installations and components, including the country’s chemical weapons.

      The officials said Iran is acting to protect Syria from further possible Israeli airstrikes.

      On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Iran had stepped up its military and financial aid to the Syrian government. She did not divulge any more details. She was speaking after last week’s Israeli strike in Syria.

    • February 8, 2013
      DHS seeks Plum Island biodefense support

      "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Division recently issued a request for information for sources able to provide support for chemical and biological defense at Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

      The support would include both veterinary and technical support. The veterinary support would include the verification, auditing and maintenance of select agent inventories, in addition to animal inoculations and vaccinations. The technical support requirements include assistance in the development of foreign animal disease countermeasures and vaccines, Global Biodefense reports."

    • February 8, 2013
      Germany and India collaborating on biopreparedness

      A collaboration between Germany and India on methods of coping with and reducing the risks of biological warfare was recently announced.

      Germany, India’s second largest partner in scientific research after the United States, signed a memorandum last year with India in fields related to biomedicine. The memorandum was signed between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh while Merkel was visiting India, reports.

    • February 5, 2013
      Israel’s constructs underground hospital to prepare for CBRN attacks

      In order to prepare for a possible chemical, biological or nuclear attack from Iran, Israel has constructed a four-story hospital almost entirely underground.

      The hospital, located in Tel Aviv, can be fully self-sustained for a period of seven days. Dr. Gabriel Barbash said that it is more than a remote possibility that the hospital will be needed one day, according to PBS."

      "There is one other underground hospital in Israel and a third is under construction."

      “I have no doubt in my mind that we’ll have to use this facility,” Barbash said, PBS reports"

    • February 8, 2013
      Chemical and biological defense contracts awarded to 43 companies

      "The U.S. Army Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense recently awarded 70 contracts to 43 companies as part of a $495 million contract for biological and chemical defense.

      The JPEO-CBD made the awards in multiple domains, including IT support, logistics and acquisition. The awards were given in December with multiple contractors winning awards in multiple domains, Washington Technology reports.

      The joint services advanced developer for fielding, acquisition, development, research and life-cycle support of biological and chemical defense equipment and medical countermeasures awarded the contract."

      Well, yea, but how many inches did you get last night?

    • February 8, 2013
      Biden reportedly meets with Russia to discuss Syrian chemical weapons
      "U.S. Vice President Joe Biden reportedly met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday to propose that the two countries work together to secure control of Syria’s chemical weapons if the regime falls."

      Well, yea, but what about the blizzard?

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