President Barack Obama will use his State of the Union address to unveil a new plan for a better and quicker response to bioterrorism threats and attacks.
Government leaders will be told to rethink their plans for medical countermeasures so that quick, reliable and affordable antidotes will be available during any public health emergency, White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said. The president will describe an effort to redesign the medical antidote system, he said.
Even as the White House cited Obama’s bioterror plan announcement, a congressionally mandated panel slammed the government for what it considered an inability to respond to bioterrorist attacks.
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation gave the Obama administration a failing grade for its efforts to prepare for and respond to a biological attack.
The Obama administration does not agree with a “report card” the commission issued Tuesday, according to another administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
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