First responders could be inoculated with almost-expired anthrax vaccines
August 11, 2015
First responders may be supplied with anthrax vaccines to protect them against potential future biological attacks if the Senate passes the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act. The bill would also reduce waste of public health resources.
The bipartisan legislation ‒ introduced by Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Chris Coons (D-Delaware) on Tuesday ‒ would make anthrax vaccines available to first responders on a voluntary basis, provided those vaccines were either surplus or close to expiration. The preventative medicine would be provided from the Strategic National Stockpile.