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Report: $2B hasn't stopped gaps in bioterror readiness

Despite a $2 billion federal investment, the nation’s public health system is only marginally better prepared today to handle a bioterrorism attack or other health emergency than it was in 2001, a new report shows. The study by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health found that efforts to prepare for health emergencies have been hampered by state budget deficits, a shortage of medical workers, red tape and disagreements between state and local officials over who should get the money. The study found that only two states, Florida and Illinois, have shown that they could receive and distribute shipments from a national stockpile of vaccines, antidotes and other medical supplies that can be sent within 12 hours of an attack or outbreak. Full Story

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