Bioterrorism Experts Criticize Possible Cuts to Bioshield Funds

WASHINGTON — Leading bioterrorism experts yesterday criticized the Obama administration’s apparent willingness to support a measure that could strip $2 billion from the coffers of programs to develop WMD countermeasures and fight pandemic flu. “Raiding the Bioshield SRF for nonbiodefense programs will drive a stake through the heart of America’s fledgling biodefense efforts,” former Senators Bob Graham (D-Fla.) and Jim Talent (R-Mo.) wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama. The missive was also sent to Sebelius, deputy national security adviser Denis McDonough, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and Management and Budget Office director Peter Orszag.