States will receive $498 million in 2003 to help hospitals prepare against emergencies like terrorism and $870 million to enhance public health agencies' preparedness, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced. States can obtain up to 20% of the total $1.4 billion in funding immediately to support current activities, including smallpox vaccination, Thompson said. HHS is spending a total of $3.5 billion on bioterrorism preparedness in 2003. Read the HHS announcement. -- by Tony Fong
HHS sets antiterror aid for hospitals, others
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