ADVISORY: Anthrax Revisited: The Outlook for Biopreparedness in the United States

Anthrax Revisited: The Outlook for Biopreparedness in the United States

October 13, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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About This Event

This October marks another solemn 10-year anniversary, as a decade has passed since a series of letters containing anthrax spores infected 17 Americans and killed 5, and introduced the United States to the dangers of a biological attack. The anthrax was sent to news outlets and two congressional offices, including Sen. Tom Daschle’s office in Washington.

Much has changed in U.S. preparedness—including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security with primary responsibility for responding to biological threats—but many questions that Americans faced for the first time ten years ago still linger and require meaningful action. Policymakers need to ask: Are we better prepared today?

Opening Remarks:

Rudy deLeon, Senior Vice President for National Security, Center for American Progress; former Deputy Secretary of Defense

Featured panelists: Panel I:

Senator Tom Daschle, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; former Senate Majority Leader

Dr. Tara O’Toole, Under Secretary for Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security

Governor Tom Ridge, former Secretary of Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security

Featured panelists: Panel II:

James H. Davis, Executive Vice President, Human Genome Sciences

Thomas V. Inglesby, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

Jeff Levi, Executive Director, Trust for America’s Health


Ken Gude, Managing Director for National Security, Center for American Progress


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