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CDC Ships 'Chem-Packs' for Preparation

The government is quietly shipping stocks of antidotes against chemical weapons to states under a long-awaited program to boost response to a potential terrorist attack. New York and Boston, sites of the upcoming political conventions, were among the first areas to receive the “chem-packs.” Within two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hopes to have the allotments dispersed to every state. “It’s a quick way for hospitals to know they’ll have the antidotes they need,” Donna Knutson, CDC’s deputy director of terrorism preparedness, said Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press. The program was begun in part because there has been “an uneven level of protection across the country,” added Steve Adams, deputy director of the Strategic National Stockpile Program. Full Story

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