Acquisition Challenges of a Lethal Virus
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA
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Infectious diseases--whether naturally occurring or engineered with intent to harm--can cause serious consequences for a fighting force. Absenteeism due to illness, costly prolonged recovery, the loss of combat readiness and--in the case of Ebola virus--even death are challenges facing military commands. MCS is determined to find medical countermeasures MCM for several viruses, including Ebola. Recognizing the high failure rate associated with drug and vaccine development, our strategy is to advance several promising candidates concurrently so that if one MCM fails, we can keep moving forward with the more successful options. This is the governments most cost-effective and efficient approach, because by the time some drugs fail, others with better track records have reached important milestones.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare