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Pentagon wants anthrax vaccine authorized

The Pentagon is seeking emergency authority to resume administering the anthrax vaccine, saying troops in South Korea and the Middle East are at risk. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz made the request in a Dec. 10 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. The No. 2 official at the Pentagon cited “a significant potential for a military emergency involving a heightened risk to United States military forces of attack with anthrax.” Wolfowitz did not describe any specific threat, but pointed to a classified intelligence assessment from November 2004 regarding anthrax. He did not detail the assessment. Full Story

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