Bioterror countermeasures should be local

Monday - 6/21/2010, 9:40am EDT

Randall Larsen, Director, Homeland Policy Institute and Brooke Courtney, Attorney, Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

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What would the government do if terrorists unleashed a dangerous biological agent in a major U.S. city? Does it have what it takes to dispense medical countermeasures to the masses? Weapons of Mass Destruction Center CEO Randy Larsen tackles the subject in this week's installment of Science and National Security. He speaks with Brooke Courtney of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She says a key part of the response to such an attack lies in the hands of state and local authorities, and not the federal government.