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Injections Said to Hamper Bioterror Fight

Coming up with medicines that can be given in a nasal spray or by slapping on a patch rather than injections would be a big help in developing and stockpiling vaccines against major bioterrorism threats, an official involved in the government’s Project Bioshield said Sunday. Trying to prepare and administer injections to the entire populations of even just major urban areas would be unwieldy and impractical, Dr. Philip K. Russell said in a talk wrapping up a meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Philadelphia. “That could crush the public health structure, if you needed a multi-dose vaccine,” said Russell, an official in Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Public Health and Preparedness. Full Story

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