The Defense Department has supplied technologies to a national center funded by the Department of Health and Human Services that works to help defend the U.S. against diseases and threats, American Forces Press Service reported Wednesday.
Cheryl Pellerin writes the HHS Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing aims to counter health risks and biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear weapons.
Brett Giroir, principal investigator at the center, told AFPS the center aims to deliver 50 million doses of vaccines in four months, develop medical antidotes for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats and train domestic personnel.
Giroir also told AFPS the facility is built to produce up to 44 pounds of purified protein per month through the Nicotiana benthamiana system.
The center partnered with Caliber Biotherapeutics to convert Caliber’s pharmaceutical site into a storage house for HHS vaccines, Giroir said to AFPS.
Pellerin writes HHS plans to expand its domestic infrastructure in order to deliver 50 million flu vaccine doses and build a biosafety level 3 vaccine facility for biological research.