NIH Strategic Plan and Research Agenda for Medical Countermeasures against Chemical Threats   [open pdf - 3MB]

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"In 2003, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) asked the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to ascertain the availability of medical products that could be used in a chemical terrorist attack in the United States, and to develop a comprehensive research plan for the development of new medical countermeasures that would be useful during and following such an event. For many years, the Department of Defense (DoD) has invested in a research program to develop medical and non-medical chemical defenses for U.S. military forces. The DoD research efforts addressed the classical chemical warfare threats such as sarin, soman, VX, and mustard gas, as well as novel chemical threats to military forces operating throughout the world. With the increasing threat of terrorism, the development of medical products for use in the event of a chemical attack on civilians has become a high priority […]. This NIH Strategic Plan and Research Agenda for Medical Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats is the culmination of NIH planning efforts to develop medical countermeasures against chemical threats to civilian populations with NIAID serving as the main coordination and implementation Institute. This Plan and Research Agenda complements the research strategies already developed by NIAID against biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. It also takes into account the ongoing efforts of other federal agencies and departments, and is consistent with current threat assessment of chemical attacks on civilian populations."

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