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Smallpox vaccination plan 'ceased' Program is cog of bioterror response

Less than a year after President Bush announced a smallpox vaccination plan to protect Americans in the event of a terrorist attack, a fraction of the expected number of health workers have been immunized and the much ballyhooed program is dead in the water. Federal health officials say they’re not ready to declare the program dead, but they readily acknowledge it’s ailing. ”The fact is, it’s ceased,” says Ray Strikas of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ”not that anyone’s issued an edict to say stop.” The smallpox vaccination program was a central part of the Bush administration’s plan to protect the nation against bioterrorist threats in the aftermath of 9/11. Full Story

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