Date: June 28, 2004
To: U.S. AgVet Network
From: Stephen M. Apatow
Director of Research and Development
Humanitarian Resource Institute Biodefense Reference Library
Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Center
Eastern USA: (203) 668-0282 Western USA: (775) 884-4680
I am contemplating a proposal for HRI to coordinate the purchase of approx. 100 million doses of FMD Vaccine [1,2], covering the full range of serotypes, that could be accessible to USDA (or any U.N. member country) in the event of a large scale outbreak .
There is consensus that USDA would not be able to implement it's current federal response plan (in a Crimson Sky scenario) , and if a widespread depopulation strategy was ever attempted the damage to the United States/global economy would be unprecedented [5,6], there would be a call for the immediate resignation of the leadership and an alternative control strategy.
In conjunction with this initiative would be a call for the use of PCR technology (currently used by the Department of Defense to protect military assets, high value targets, real time protection of military personal and political leaders) in agricultural applications, since in 2000, research/tests had been developed by the USDA Agricultural Research Service for FMD, Classical Swine Fever, African Swine Fever, Rinderpest, Avian Influenza, and Newcastle Disease . The objective would be to place internet linked detection devices within 4 hours of any suspect foreign animal disease outbreak in the United States.
I would like to open this topic for discussion. Industry/corporations interesting in providing funding for these initiatives can contact me directly.
1. Merial: FMD Vaccines:
2. Vaccines may be key to controlling FMD, American Veterinary Medical Association, July 2003:
3. International Rapid Response Strategy Proposed, Humanitarian Resource Institute, November 2003:
4. Producers and Producer Organizations Overlooked in Contingency Planning Discussions on Biosecurity, Pathobiologics International, November 2003:
5. APHIS Economic Discussion & Recommendations to Protect the US Economy and Agricultural Industry, Humanitarian Resource Institute, August 2001: http://www.humanitarian.net/eidnet/fmd/usagriculture.html
6. FMD US Economic Discussion & Producers Crucial Role in a Successful Eradication Campaign, Humanitarian Resource Institute, August 2001:
7. U.S. Agricultural and Food Security: Who Will Provide the Leadership?, Centaur Science Group, 2003:
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