Former Vice President Al Gore today called for a "new national defense public health act" to ensure hospitals and other first responders are prepared for bioterrorism. In a health policy speech at George Washington University Medical Center, Gore said, "The strong possibility of a biological weapons attack against the United States demands a new and comprehensive response." Physicians and nurses are not adequately trained to identify and respond to a mass crisis, Gore said, and provisions of the homeland security bill stalled in the Senate do not go far enough to address the problem. Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd, Gore also criticized President Bush's handling of the economy and Medicare prescription drug coverage. -- by Jeff Tieman
Gore: Providers need more preparation for bioterrorism
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