CD105: Anthrax

In July, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would allow expiring anthrax vaccines to be given to civilian emergency responders within the United States. The question: Is that vaccine safe?

In this episode, we look at the history of the anthrax vaccine and the results of the investigation into the only anthrax attack on the United States: The anthrax laced letters which were mailed to members of the mainstream media and Congress in September and October 2001. Last, an update on the current security of the United States' anthrax supplies.

Warning: This episode contains disturbing information.


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The Bill

H.R. 1300: First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act

Summary: Republican Policy Committee Legislative Digest for Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

  • Creates a program for distributing anthrax vaccines that will soon expire to emergency responders who volunteer to accept them.
    • Creates a program for tracking the vaccines.
  • Creates a two year pilot program, in at least two states, for distributing the vaccines.

  • Passed the House of Representatives 424-0

  • Sponsored by Rep. Peter King of New York

  • 6 Pages


Additional Reading

Anthrax Vaccine

2001 Anthrax Attacks

The Patriot Act

Live Anthrax Shipments

Audio/Video Sources


Music Presented in This Episode

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