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Wednesday, December 7th, 2022


GAO, CBP: Additional border security needed

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), published a study this week detailing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) efforts to curb illegal immigration into the United States. The study stems from previous agency reports... Read More »

New study brings MERS vaccine strategy into question

A new study published this week in the online open-access journal mBio suggests that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) develops mutations that make the virus less virulent, rather than more virulent. The virus causes severe respiratory infection and has a worldwide... Read More »

Ebola countermeasure has successful human trial

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Joint Science and Technology Office, along with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, announced this week that a compound demonstrated no adverse effects in its Phase 1 trials against the Ebola virus. The compound, GS-5734,... Read More »

Tenable releases new security platform at RSA 2016

Tenable Network Security, Inc., released on Monday its latest security solution - a series of dashboard useable across multiple platforms that allow governments and other organizations to keep track of its cyber security status in real time - on Monday. The dashboards are configured according to... Read More »

Experimental Ebola antibody protects non-human primates

The National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced a discovery last week that a single monoclonal antibody isolated from a human Ebola virus disease survivor protected non-human primates from the virus. The antibody can now advance to testing in humans as a potential... Read More »

ECBC develops portable biological compound tester

Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) recently announced that it has developed a device known as SmartCAR that uses colorimetric assay to identify such dangerous chemical compounds as anthrax, ricin and plague. “Although much of the technology in SmartCAR is commercial off-the-shelf, it... Read More »

SIGA announces FDA concurrence on smallpox antiviral

SIGA Technologies, Inc., announced on Wednesday that it had officially received FDA concurrence on its lead product, tecovirimat, also known as TPOXX and ST-246. Tecovirimat is an orally administered antiviral drug that targets orthopoxvirus-related diseases, including smallpox. The... Read More »

CDP trains first responders on CBRNE evidence collection

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) commenced a training exercise last week aimed at handling environments affected by chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats (CBRNE). The course, entitled “Hazardous Materials Evidence Collection for CBRNE Incidents (HEC),”... Read More »

Royce introduces Terrorist Release Transparency Act

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced the Terrorist Release Transparency Act, H.R. 4580, on Tuesday. The legislation aims to ensure that the public, along with foreign partners, have access to critical details before terrorists are released from the Guantanamo Bay... Read More »

GAO raises concerns over flawed UAC policies

U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Monday on the steps the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can take regarding unaccompanied children (UAC) crossing the southern U.S. border.... Read More »

Conference of States Parties announces OPCW day events

The Conference of the States Parties announced on Wednesday that it would host an event to celebrate the inaugural International Day for the Foundation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), or “OPCW Day,” from May 2-4 at OPCW headquarters. Deliberations over... Read More »

Upton, Pitts seek insight into FDA’s information security

As a response to the growing threat of malicious hacking scandals and cyber security threats, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Joseph Pitts (R-PA) sent a letter on Wednesday to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking insight into... Read More »

Homeland Security details Super Bowl security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently detailed the extensive security effort in securing the site for Super Bowl 50. Among the agencies involved in the effort were the Travel Safety Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),... Read More »

UTMB collaborates with Brazil to combat Zika virus

The Brazilian Ministry of Health announced a letter of intent on Friday to collaborate with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston to research and develop a Zika virus vaccine The initiative of the collaborating will be directed toward the development of joint research... Read More »