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Title:D.A. Henderson, Scientist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox, Says U.S. Is Unprepared For Bioterrorism

- by Andrea Stone

One of the nation’s preeminent scientists is speaking out for the rst time about what he says is the government’s failure to coordinate prepara- tions and response plans in the case of a biological attack or naturally occurring pandemic.

Dr. D.A. Henderson, the epidemiologist who led the global effort to eradicate smallpox and is a leading voice on biodefense, told The Huffington Post that no one is in charge when it comes to dealing with the fallout from a bioterrorism attack.

“I’ve kept quiet about this for a long time, but I’m deeply concerned,” said Henderson, who was named chief of a new Office of Public Health Preparedness in the Department of Health and Human Services soon after the 2001 anthrax attacks.

In a preview of a speech he plans to make later this month at the Public Health Preparedness Summit in Anaheim, Calif., Henderson said that a decade of work to ramp up the nation’s biodefenses on the local, state and federal levels has not resulted in an overall strategy on what to do in the critical hours a er an attack is detected.