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Project BioShield

On July 21, 2004, President Bush signed into law Project BioShield, which provides new tools to improve medical countermeasures protecting Americans against a chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) attack.

Project BioShield is a comprehensive effort overseen jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and involving other federal agencies, including NIH, as appropriate. Project BioShield will

  • Ensure that resources are available to pay for “next-generation” medical countermeasures
  • Expedite the conduct of NIH research and development on medical countermeasures
  • Give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the ability to make promising treatments quickly available in emergency situations

More information about Project BioShield is provided below. Please check back for updates.

HHS Project BioShield Web Site

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Last Updated April 16, 2007