I just received this information in a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. " Orders placed today under Project BioShield contracts will increase the national stockpile of leukocyte growth factors, a treatment for acute radiation syndrome. The products ordered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response could save lives of survivors exposed to high doses of radiation following a radiological or nuclear emergency.  Managed by ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Project BioShield is the chief mechanism through which the U.S. government supports the advanced development and procurement of new medical countermeasures – drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and medical supplies – to protect health against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats."

I find this very interesting at a time when President Obama is trying to convince us all that we need to reduce, if not, demolish, our nuclear weapons system in this country and, in so doing, eliminate our ability to respond to a weapons of mass destruction attack. Some irony in this, I think.