Civilians offered anthrax vaccine
Potential infection from deadly anthrax spores has prompted the federal government to offer anthrax vaccine to a large number of civilians for the first time ever.
Thousands of postal employees and Capitol Hill workers who were exposed to the potentially deadly bacteria will have the option of receiving the anthrax vaccine, the Department of Health and Human Services has announced.
Previously, primarily military personnel and people who work with the bacteria in laboratories had access to the vaccine. HHS is not recommending that the exposed workers take the vaccine, but the agency is making it available.
Eighteen anthrax infections -- including five fatal cases -- have been confirmed since the tainted letters began turning up in mail to media outlets and government offices in early October. (Full story)
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Michael Bloomberg: Mayor-elect of New York
Anthony A. Williams: Mayor of Washington
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Paul O'Neill: Treasury secretary
Norman Y. Mineta:Transportation secretary
Jane Garvey: FAA administrator
The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following numbers of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks.
WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York City officials, the death toll is 3,040. That figure includes 2,545 people who are missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes; 487 bodies have been identified.
PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 missing and presumed dead
PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane
The attacks of September 11 have sparked new debate about balancing the protection of U.S. citizens with the protection of the civil rights of those suspected of terrorism.
While the United States is proud of the freedoms and the legal rights guaranteed by the Constitution, authorities and many citizens have argued those people who seek to destroy America do not deserve such protections while they represent an ongoing threat to the country.
While those arguments continue, so do the threats against U.S. interests. Security remains high at airports, certain industries and many government facilities.
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