DOD Retreats on Plan for Anthrax Vaccine

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Science  21 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5478, pp. 382-383
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5478.382

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Anthrax bacterium, once the deadly scourge of goat-hair workers, has become the bane of the U.S. defense establishment. Without infecting a single soldier, it has created a logistical headache for the Pentagon, as military contractors have fallen far short of supplying a vaccine that will protect all troops and be acceptable to health authorities. Last week military officials were forced to beat a hasty retreat in their current efforts, raising the hackles of legislators who already had serious doubts about the program.