Medical Countermeasure Product Development - Alternatives Paper
DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION VICTORIA (AUSTRALIA)
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Chemical Biological and Radiological CBR threats, emerging infectious diseases and pandemics pose an imminent, real and serious danger to Australias healthcare, economy and national security. In order to respond and have an all-hazard preparedness approach to these threats, Medical Countermeasures MedCMs are required. MedCMs can include drugs, vaccines and diagnostics devices and materials. Currently, there exists a dependence on non-Australian sources for MedCM products however there is no assurance that these products will be available in a time of need. Alternative solutions must be considered and developed. This paper provides a strategy focused on exploring affordable and integrated capability to acquire by development or purchase MedCM products for Australia.