12/28/1997 Vaccines Will Not Suffice-Fight Vs. Anthrax Needs Other Ammo The Pentagon's plan to give everyone in the military an ounce of prevention against anthrax will not eliminate the need to have pounds of cure on hand if an enemy unleashes the deadly disease as a biological weapon.
12/28/1997 sidebar Scott officer: Anthrax program complicated The process of vaccinating millions of service members against anthrax is complicated but necessary, the top medical officer at Scott Air Force Base said.
2/6/1998 British Avoiding Vaccines For
Troops In Gulf
3/4/1998 U.S. troops to receive
anthrax shots this week
5/25/1998 Anthrax Vaccines Expired The U.S. Navy injected sailors in the Persian Gulf with a 5-year-old batch of anthrax vaccine, two months after federal regulators said the vaccine had been given a new expiration date improperly.
5/25/1998 sidebar Scientists
describe anthrax vaccine as an outdated 'disgusting mix'
Researchers have described the anthrax vaccine the Pentagon
intends to give millions of troops as "1950s
technology unimpeded by medical progress."
5/29/1998 Letter from Lieutenant General
Ron Blanck U.S. Army Surgeon General response to May 25, 1998
story (see above)
group files lawsuit - Anthrax vaccine's use is questioned A
veterans group Monday filed a lawsuit demanding the government prove its
anthrax vaccination program is safe and effective while the latest group
of sailors heading for the Persian Gulf reportedly are refusing to take
8/8/1998 AWOL soldier wants vaccine hearing -Says he was forced to take anthrax drug A 20-year-old soldier is requesting an official inquiry into his claim that a top sergeant threatened to strap him down and forcibly vaccinate him if he refused anthrax shots.
8/17/1998 Army forces anthrax vaccinations As the Pentagon expands its anthrax vaccination program this week, Army officials are saying they have the right to forcibly restrain and vaccinate soldiers who refuse the shots.
9/16/1998 New anthrax shots criticized Sailors in the Persian Gulf say the Navy is no longer using a batch of anthrax vaccine that was improperly relabeled after it expired, but the new batch is one that also was criticized by federal inspectors for quality control problems.
3/15/1999 Resistance to vaccination is growing Faced with a small but growing rebellion against mandatory anthrax vaccination, the Pentagon has unleashed an extensive public relations campaign to convince troops the vaccine is safe and effective.
5/8/1999 Colonel suspends shots One of Air Mobility Commandís wing commanders has suspended anthrax vaccinations at his base, the biggest wrinkle yet to the Pentagonís mandatory vaccination program.
5/14/1999 Anthrax vaccinations set to continue at air force base The commander of Dover Air Force Base ordered the resumption of anthrax vaccinations Tuesday. A week ago the commander halted the controversial program at the Delaware base because medical personnel could not adequately answer airmenís questions.
2/7/2000 Resistance growing
to anthrax vaccinations
2/7/2000 sidebar Pentagon, foes locked in complex battle In its war of words with opponents of the anthrax vaccine, the Pentagon has frequently found itself firing dud ammunition and even shooting itself in the foot.
3/27/2000 Defense contradicts itself in question over anthrax vaccine Although the Pentagon has long maintained that its controversial anthrax vaccine is licensed for use against aerosol exposure from biological weapons, military leaders now are asking to amend the license for such use.
3/27/2000 sidebar Pentagon now admits reactions much higher As many as one-third of all military personnel who receive the anthrax vaccine may have systemic reactions such as aches, rashes, chills, fevers or nausea, Pentagon officials now admit. That includes Lt. Gen. Ronald Blanck, the Armyís surgeon general who oversees the program.
4/14/2000 Pilot asks to resign after dispute A pilot assigned to Scott Air Force Baseís 375th Airlift Wing is asking to resign his commission and be discharged after being punished for refusing to take the controversial anthrax vaccine.
4/19/2000 Mandatory anthrax vaccine use is illegal Orders to take the military's controversial anthrax shots are illegal because the vaccine is not licensed for use against aerosol anthrax used as a biological weapon, two senior Air Force officers argued in a legal brief.
4/21/2000 Military: Wait to be fired -- Pilot canít quit over vaccination A pilot who asked to resign after refusing to take the controversial anthrax shots has been told he canít quit because the Air Force is probably going to fire him.
4/24/2000 Pilot: Others told him they became ill Doesn't believe anthrax shot is safe He's been grounded, stopped from competing in military running events, dropped from a squadron program to tutor and mentor elementary school children and may be thrown out of the Air Force with the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge.
5/27/2000 Pilot now allowed to
resign An Air Force VIP pilot who refused to
take the controversial anthrax vaccine will be allowed to resign with the
military's second-best discharge, he learned Friday.