The Department of Defense Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program: Unproven Force Protection

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Serial Number
106-556.H
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Document Date
2000-04-03
Report Length
73 pages
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Additional, Minority, Dissenting Views
Dissenting views
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Yes
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Brief Executive Summary
The Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations of the House Committee on Government Reform investigated the design and implementation of the DOD force-wide, mandatory Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program. This investigation was initiated in response to service members' complaints of adverse health effects, inadequate medical record keeping, and heavy-handed program operation. While the subcommittee thought the program was well-intentioned, they concluded that it was an overwrought response to the threat of anthrax and was too logistically complicated to succeed. They recommended that the program be suspended until the DOD obtains approval for the use of an improved vaccine. Moreover, the subcommittee advocated for the program to be considered experimental and be undertaken only pursuant to FDA regulations governing investigational testing.
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Related Hearings
House Committee on Government Reform, hearing on "Defense Vaccines: Force Protection Or False Security?" 106th Cong., H.Hrg. 106-130, (1999, October 12)
House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, hearing on "The Impact of the Anthrax Vaccine Program on Reserve and National Guard Units," 106th Cong., H.Hrg. 106-102, (1999, September 29)
House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, hearing on "Anthrax Vaccine Adverse Reactions," 106th Cong., H.Hrg. 106-131, (1999, July 21)
House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, hearing on "Department of Defense's Sole-Source Anthrax Vaccine Procurement," 106th Cong., H.Hrg. 106-36, (1999, June 30)
House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, hearing on "DOD's Mandatory Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program for Military Personnel," 106th Cong., H.Hrg. 106-26, (1999, April 29)
House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, hearing on "The Anthrax Immunization Program," 106th Cong., H.Hrg. 106-17, (1999, March 24)
House Committee on Government Reform, hearing on "The Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program: What Have We Learned?" 106th Cong., H.Hrg. 106-249, (2000, October 3 and 11)
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