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  • 1. Abstract:
    Few effective countermeasures currently exist to deal with chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear terror agents. In early 2003, the Bush administration proposed Project BioShield to stimulate the development of such countermeasures and to procure them for the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Congress considered three bills that incorporated much of the administration's proposal: S. 15 (Gregg), H.R. 2122 (Tauzin), and S. 1504 (Gregg). H.R. 2122 passed the House on July 16, 2003. S. 15 passed the Senate on May 25, 2004 in an amended form similar to H.R. 2122. This version of S. 15 passed the House on July 14, 2004. President Bush signed S. 15 into law as the Project BioShield Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-276) on July 21, 2004. Although many of the details of Project BioShield changed during Congressional consideration, all the proposals shared similar key provisions. Each bill would have provided expedited hiring, procurement, and grant awarding procedures for bioterrorism-related products and services. Each bill would have provided a market guarantee for countermeasure producers by allowing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to contract to procure countermeasures still in development. Thus, several years before a company plans to be able to deliver a countermeasure, the company would have been assured that if they successfully develop the countermeasure the government is obligated to purchase a set amount of it at a set price. Each bill would have authorized the HHS Secretary to allow the emergency use of countermeasures that lack Food and Drug Administration approval. Congress changed many important aspects of the Administration's proposal. The most important change related to the funding mechanism. The Administration requested a permanent, indefinite appropriation, to be spent at the President's discretion, for the purchase of countermeasures. The enacted version of Project BioShield authorizes the appropriation of $5.593 billion for FY2004-FY2013. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act (P.L. 108-90) appropriated this amount. The Project BioShield Act of 2004 (P.L. 108-276) also: transfers the SNS from DHS to HHS, permits procurement of countermeasures with commercial markets, permits countermeasure procurement contracts to be written up to eight years before countermeasures are expected to be deliverable, and authorizes appropriations to allow DHS to improve its ability to perform threat analysis. A provision that would have allowed HHS to develop countermeasures directly was excluded from the enacted version Project BioShield. This report will not be updated. For more analysis and the current status of Project BioShield, see CRS Report RS21507, Project BioShield, by Frank Gottron.
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    • President Bush Signs Project Bioshield Act of 2004
    • 2. President Bush Signs Project Bioshield Act of 2004
    • 3. Remarks by the President at the Signing of S.15 - Project Bioshield Act of 2004
    • 4. The Rose Garden
    • 5. President's Remarks
    • 6. view
    • 7. listen
    • 8. In Focus: Project BioShield
    • 9. 9:43 A.M. EDT
    • 10. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all. Mr. Speaker. Please be
    • 11. seated. Thanks. Good morning, and welcome to the Rose
    • 12. Garden. On September the 11th, 2001, America saw the
    • 13. destruction and grief terrorists could inflict with commercial airlines turned into weapons of mass murder.
    • 14. Those attacks revealed the depth of our enemies' determination, but not the extent of their ambitions. We
    • 15. know that the terrorists seek an even deadlier technology. And if they acquire chemical, biological or nuclear
    • 16. weapons, we have no doubt they will use them to cause even greater harm.
    • 17. The bill I am about to sign is an important element in our
    • 18. response to that threat. By authorizing unprecedented funding
    • 19. and providing new capabilities, Project BioShield will help
    • 20. America purchase, develop and deploy cutting-edge defenses
    • 21. against catastrophic attack.
    • 22. This legislation represents the collective foresight and
    • 23. considered judgment of United States senators and members
    • 24. of the House of Representatives from both political parties --
    • 25. many of whom experienced bioterror firsthand when anthrax
    • 26. and ricin were found on Capitol Hill. It reflects 18 months of
    • 27. hard work and cooperation by many dedicated public servants in Congress and in the White House. It sends
    • 28. a message about our direction in the war on terror. We refuse to remain idle while modern technology might
    • 29. be turned against us; we will rally the great promise of American science and innovation to confront the
    • 30. greatest danger of our time.
    • 31. I want to thank the Vice President for his hard work. He was the point man in the White House on this piece
    • 32. of legislation and did an excellent work. I appreciate Secretaries Tommy Thompson and Tom Ridge for their
    • 33. leadership on this important piece of legislation, as well. I appreciate the Speaker and Leader Frist for
    • 34. making this bill a priority.
    • 35. I want to thank Senator Gregg and Senator Kennedy and Senator Cochran for working on this bill. I
    • 36. appreciate the efforts. I appreciate Congressmen Barton, Billy Tauzin, Chris Cox and Henry Waxman, as
    • 37. well, for their hard work.
    • 38. I appreciate the members of my administration who are here, thanks for coming. These will be the
    • 39. implementers of this important piece of legislation.
    • 40. Project BioShield will transform our ability to defend the nation in three essential ways. First, Project
    • 41. BioShield authorizes $5.6 billion over 10 years for the government to purchase and stockpile vaccines and
    • 42. drugs to fight anthrax, smallpox and other potential agents of bioterror. The Department of Health and
    • 43. Human Services has already taken steps to purchase 75 million doses of an improved anthrax vaccine for
    • 44. the Strategic National Stockpile. Under Project BioShield, HHS is moving forward with plans to acquire a
    • 45. safer, second generation smallpox vaccine, an antidote to botulinum toxin, and better treatments for
    • 46. exposure to chemical and radiological weapons.
    • 47. Private industry plays a vital role in our biodefense efforts by
    • 48. taking risks to bring new treatments to the market, and we
    • 49. appreciate those efforts.
    • 50. By acting as a willing buyer for the best new medical
    • 51. technologies, the government ensures that our drug stockpile
    • 52. remains safe, effective and advanced. The federal government
    • 53. and our medical processionals are working together to meet
    • 54. the threat of bioterrorism -- we're making the American people
    • 55. more secure.
    • 56. Second, Project BioShield gives the government new authority to expedite research and development on the
    • 57. most promising and time-sensitive medicines to defend against bioterror. We will waste no time putting those
    • 58. new powers to use. Today, Secretary Thompson will direct the NIH to launch two initiatives -- one to speed
    • 59. the development of new treatments for victims of a biological attack, and another to expedite development of
    • 60. treatments for victims of a radiological or nuclear attack. Under the old rules, grants of this kind of research
    • 61. often took 18 to 24 months to process. Under Project BioShield, HHS expects the process to be completed
    • 62. in about six months. Our goal is to translate today's promising medical research into drugs and vaccines to
    • 63. combat a biological attack in the future -- and now we will not let bureaucratic obstacles stand in the way.
    • 64. Third, Project BioShield will change the way the government authorizes and deploys medical defenses in a
    • 65. crisis. When I sign this bill, the Food and Drug Administration will be able to permit rapid distribution of
    • 66. promising new drugs and antidotes in the most urgent circumstances. This will allow patients to quickly
    • 67. receive the best available treatments in an emergency. Secretary Thompson has directed the FDA to
    • 68. prepare guidelines and procedures for implementing this new authority. By acting today, we are making sure
    • 69. we have the best medicine possible to help the victims of a biological attack.
    • 70. Project BioShield is part of a broader strategy to defend America against the threat of weapons of mass
    • 71. destruction. Since September the 11th, we've increased funding for the Strategic National Stockpile by a
    • 72. factor of five, increased funding for biodefense research at NIH by a factor of 30, secured enough smallpox
    • 73. vaccine for every American, worked with cities on plans to deliver antibiotics and chemical antidotes in an
    • 74. emergency, improved the safety of our food supply, and deployed advanced environmental detectors under
    • 75. the BioWatch program to provide the earliest possible warning of a biological attack.
    • 76. The threat of bioterrorism has brought new challenges to our
    • 77. government, to our first responders and to our medical
    • 78. personnel. We are grateful for their service. Not long ago, few
    • 79. of these men and women could have imagined duties like
    • 80. monitoring the air for anthrax, or delivering antibiotics on a
    • 81. massive scale. Yet, this is the world as we find it; this nation
    • 82. refuses to let our guard down.
    • 83. Tomorrow, the 9/11 Commission will issue its findings and
    • 84. recommendations to help prevent future terrorist attacks. I look
    • 85. forward to receiving the report. I will continue to work with the
    • 86. Congress and state and local governments to build on the homeland security improvements we have
    • 87. already made. Every American can be certain that their government will continue doing everything in our
    • 88. power to prevent a terrorist attack. And if the terrorists do strike, we'll be better prepared to defend our
    • 89. people because of the good law I sign today.
    • 90. It's my honor to invite the members of the Congress to join me as I sign the Project BioShield Act of 2004.
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    Although the medical industry has made great strides in the treatment of many naturally occurring diseases, such as cancer and heart disease, over the last few decades, very little has changed in the treatment of many of the diseases that might be used in an terrorist attack. In particular, the smallpox vaccine has not changed much since the 1960s and the treatments for exposure to radiation have remained the same since the 1970s. The goal of the BioShield project is to focus biomedical research and development on the field of bioterrorism to improve the treatment of bioterrorism threats.
    President George W. Bush announced Project BioShield during his State of the Union Address in January of 2003. As approved by Congress, this project commits $6 billion to improve treatment of diseases caused by biological, chemical and radiological weapons. The project is a joint effort between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.
    Under the BioShield Project, resources will be made available to buy the most effective drugs and vaccines available for the treatment of anthrax, smallpox, and botulism and, in the future, ebola and plague. This financial commitment is intended to ensure that the private sector produces the vaccines and drugs required to treat bioterrorist threats. The Secretary of Health and Human Services will identify the most critical threats and will collaborate with industry to develop and make available the most effective countermeasures.
    The project gives the National Institute of Health funding to expedite research into the most promising new drug treatments. In particular, procedures to speed up the funding process for grant proposals for research into new drug therapies for chemical, biological and radiological diseases will be authorized. Technical experts will be hired more quickly and equipment required for research will be purchased more rapidly. There is hope that some of the most recent research in the fields of genetics, immunology, molecular engineering and proteomics will be useful in developing novel treatments for the diseases caused by bioterrorism. In addition, some of the innovations developed under Project BioShield may become important in the treatment of naturally occurring diseases.
    The BioShield project provides the Food and Drug Administration with the authority to make promising drugs widely available in emergency situations
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    What is BioShield®75 antimicrobial product protection?
    Technical: BioShield®75 technology is a spray-on antimicrobial protection for porous and non-porous surfaces. BioShield®75 antimicrobial protection gives substrates an added level of protection against damaging microbes such as bacteria, mold and mildew that can cause stains, odors and product deterioration.
    Non-technical: BioShield®75 is a long-lasting surface protectant used in conjunction with normal cleaning procedures to greatly reduce or eliminate the buildup of MRSA, Type A Influenza (Swine Flu), E. coli, Salmonella, mold, etc.  It is effective on nearly any surface, including cutting boards, countertops, door handles, walls, locker room floors, restrooms, gym mats, etc.  The list is nearly endless!
    How does BioShield®75 antimicrobial protection work?
    Technical: The active ingredient in the BioShield®75 forms a colorless, odorless, positively charged polymer, which chemically bonds to the treated surface. You could think of it as a layer of electrically charged swords. When a microorganism comes in contact with the treated surface, the quaternary amine sword punctures the cell membrane and the electrical charge shocks the cell. Since nothing is transferred to the now dead cell, the antimicrobial doesn’t lose strength and the sword is ready for the next cell to contact it. Note that in order for the BioShield®75 Antimicrobials to continue their effectiveness, normal cleaning of treated surfaces is necessary. Dirt buildup, paint, dead microbes, etc. will cover the treatment prohibiting it from killing microorganisms.
    Non-technical: BioShield®75 forms an odorless, colorless, completely NON TOXIC microscopic “bed of nails” on a surface and punctures the cell wall of microbes that land on the surface, and then electrocutes the microbe.  All of this happens mechanically, so the microbe is unable to build up an immunity to BioShield®75.  This protection lasts a minimum of 90 days, no matter how often the surface is wiped down or cleaned.  In fact, normal cleaning is necessary to maximize the effectiveness of BioShield®75.  Without normal cleaning, dirt buildup, paint, dead microbes, etc. will build up a layer of film that prevents the “bed of nails” from coming in contact with the microbe and killing it.
    What benefit do I get from products with BioShield®75 antimicrobial protection?
    Technical: BioShield®75 protection continuously fights the growth of microbes that can cause stains, odors and product degradation. BioShield®75 protection makes the surfaces in your home or business easier to clean and keeps them cleaner and fresher between cleanings.
    Non-technical: BioShield®75 protects your family, customers and employees from the spread of deadly microbes like MRSA and the Swine Flu, to name just a couple, by keeping touch points like door handles and countertops microbe-free.
    What types of microorganisms does BioShield®75 protection work against?
    Technical: BioShield®75 antimicrobial protection is effective against most common bacteria, yeasts, molds and fungi that cause stains, odors and product degradation.
    Non-technical: The list is long and impressive.  Here is just a small sample of the microorganisms BioShield®75 protects against:
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             Staph
             Type A Influenza (Swine Flu)
             E. coli
             Salmonella
             Ringworm
             Mold
             Mildew
             Athlete’s Foot
             Shigellosis
    How do I know that BioShield®75 antimicrobial product protection is safe?
    Technical: BioShield®75 technology has undergone extensive independent laboratory testing and has a long history of safe use. It is registered with the EPA for all applications in which it is used.
    Non-technical: BioShield®75 is USDA accepted and EPA registered.  When wet, BioShield®75 is only as toxic as 1/10th of a Bayer aspirin and when dry is completely non-toxic!
    Does this mean I don’t have to clean my products as much or as carefully?
    Technical: No. BioShield®75 protection provides continuous antimicrobial protection that protects the surfaces in your home, helping to make them easier to clean and keeping them cleaner between cleanings. However, normal cleaning practices should be maintained.
    Non-technical: No. in order for BioShield®75 to be most effective, normal cleaning needs to be continued.  Cleaning wipes away dead microbes and other dirt that can cover up BioShield®75’s “bed of nails” and diminish its’ ability to kill microbes landing on the treated surface.
    Does BioShield®75 protection begin working immediately?
    Technical: BioShield®75 protection begins to work as soon as the microorganism comes into contact with the product surface. It then works continuously to maintain a consistently lower bio-burden than would be expected on a surface without BioShield®75 antimicrobial protection. Under the right conditions, microbes on an untreated surface can double every 20 minutes! BioShield®75 technology is not a disinfectant and is not a substitute for normal cleaning practices.
    Non-technical: YES!  BioShield®75 protection begins working as soon as it is sprayed on and left to dry. 
    How long does BioShield®75 antimicrobial protection work?
    Technical: BioShield®75 protection is applied to the surface and will not wash off. BioShield®75 protection is engineered to provide continuous antimicrobial product protection for ninety (90) days or greater, keeping the products in your home or business cleaner and fresher for longer than ever before.
    Non-technical: BioShield®75 protection lasts a minimum of 90 days!  On surfaces like cutting boards and kitchen countertops, that receive a lot of use and cleaning, applying BioShield®75 every 90 days is recommended.  On the other hand, a treated wall may need to be treated only once a year (or less).
    Has anyone ever gotten sick from using products with BioShield®75 antimicrobial protection?
    Technical: Extensive testing and a long use history have shown BioShield®75 surface protection to be safe. When applied to a surface, for the few moments the surface is wet, it contains the toxicity of 1 tenth of a Bayer aspirin.  After it dries, it is completely NON-TOXIC to humans and other mammals.  And while it is impossible to say that no one will ever experience an allergic reaction to anything, it is highly unlikely a negative experience would be observed.
    Non-technical: We are aware of no reports of negative reactions to BioShield®75.  While wet, it is only as toxic as one tenth of a Bayer aspirin and once dry is completely NON TOXIC to humans and other mammals.  And while it is impossible to say that no one will ever experience an allergic reaction to anything, our experience leads us to believe it highly unlikely.
    Does the use of antimicrobials cause resistant strains of microorganisms?
    Technical: NO!!  Because BioShield®75 kills microbes mechanically, there is no opportunity for cell adaptation or mutation.  Thus, they can not develop an immunity to BioShield®75.
    Non-technical: NO!  BioShield®75 is NOT a poison.  It kills microbes mechanically, so there is no opportunity for the microbe to adapt and build up an immunity to BioShield®75, making it the perfect product for long-term surface protection!
     
     
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