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Kelly Cappio

Kelly is the Manager of Vaccines and Biodefense Policy at BIO. In her role, she advocates for policies, regulations, and legislation that improve public health through immunization and emergency preparedness. Originally from the small town of Culpeper, Virginia, Kelly enjoys traveling to new places and living in big cities. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to pursue a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University and graduated in May 2011. In her spare time, she loves to read, play tennis, horseback ride, and most of all, spend time with her husband, Matt, and 7-lb poodle, Maeby.

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Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks

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Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing entitled, “Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats”. As stated by Chairman Lieberman in his opening remarks, the goal of the hearing was to examine whether the federal government “has developed the tools we need to respond effectively to a bioterror attack or naturally-occurring pandemic disease, to develop and disseminate vaccines and antibiotics, and to respond Read More >

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Anthrax Attacks 10 Year Anniversary: BioCentury Looks at Preparedness

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A decade ago in the weeks following the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the nation faced yet another terrorist threat. Letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to two U.S. senators and several media outlets, killing five people and sickening 17 others. It was the deadliest biological attack in U.S. history, and resulted in the largest and most expensive investigation in FBI history. Biosecurity experts believe that another bioterrorist attack is imminent, and the impact could Read More >

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“Contagion” Portrays Our Vulnerability to a Global Pandemic

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Earlier this month, the movie Contagion opened in theaters. With a star-studded cast including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Gwyneth Paltrow, this action-thriller about the spread of a deadly virus is sure to attract a large audience. While Hollywood has been known to alter or exaggerate the facts to enhance the storyline, it is reported that Steven Soderbergh and his team aimed to realistically portray a pandemic. As Matt Damon stated in an IMDb interview, Read More >

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Immunization Awareness Month: The importance of recommended vaccinations

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month. As children prepare to return to school, it is important for them to receive nationally recommended vaccines against diseases such as measles. While reduced incidence of measles in the U.S. has led to widespread complacency about the disease, there were 118 reported cases of measles in this country from January 1 to May 20, 2011 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Measles is a serious disease Read More >

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