|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:26:50 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] BIODEFENSE: "Pentagon makes costly foray into biodefense drug business"|
Pentagon makes costly foray into biodefense drug businessThe initiative defies the advice of experts, duplicates another agency's work and shifts money away from gear for troops.
By David Willman Los Angeles Times November 23, 2013WASHINGTON - Despite intense pressure to hold down federal spending, the Defense Department is launching a high-priced effort to create its own production pipeline for vaccines and biodefense drugs - an initiative that defies the advice of government-hired experts and duplicates what another agency is doing.
Construction began in late October on a plant in north Florida that will produce flu vaccine and specialized medicines for the Pentagon to protect military personnel against germ warfare agents.
To begin paying for the initiative, the Obama administration has quietly shifted millions of dollars that had been budgeted for better masks, boots, early-warning sensors and other equipment for troops at risk of exposure to chemical or biological weapons, according to government documents and defense specialists.
The Department of Health and Human Services, meanwhile, is on track to spend billions of dollars to produce the same types of medicines in collaboration with private drug companies and university researchers.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.latimes.com/nation/na-biodefense- spending-20131124,0,4270364,full.story
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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