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Pandora Report 3.1.15

My apologies for no update last week, I had to make an unexpected, emergency, work-related trip to Dulles Airport, my old stomping grounds. But everything is under control and we’re back at it, covering...

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WHO Urges Europe, Central Asia To Step Up Measles Vaccination

RADIO FREE EUROPE / RADIO LIBERTY – The World Health Organization (WHO) says measles vaccinations must immediately be stepped up across Europe and Central Asia. The UN health agency’s European director, Zsuzsanna Jakab (eds:...

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IDEX 2015: Local contender enters Emirati 8×8 race

The new Enigma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) that was unveiled at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi will be submitted for the Emirati military’s long-standing 8×8 IFV requirement, IHS Jane’s has confirmed. Mohamed bin Jabr...

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BioFire Receives FDA Clearance for the FilmArray 2.0

BioFire Diagnostics, LLC today announced that it has received FDA clearance and CE-IVD marking of the FilmArray 2.0 system. The system is expected to be commercially available by the end of March 2015. Since...

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iBio Adds Anthrax Antibodies to Product Pipeline

iBio, Inc. today announced the issue of a US patent for “Compositions and Methods for Production of Immunoglobulins.” Claims involve human monoclonal antibodies specifically recognizing the Protective Antigen (PA) or the Lethal Factor (LF)...

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RFI – Field Testing of Mass Spectrometers for Biodetection

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD), Joint Project Manager Nuclear Biological Chemical Contamination Avoidance (JPMNBCCA) and the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC) Detection Branch is requesting responses from...

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CBEP Biosurveillance in Middle East/North Africa

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) is seeking to identify interested sources capable of performing a One Health E-Surveillance Initative (OHSI) in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. The...

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WHO, FDA Give Authorization for Corgenix Ebola Diagnostic

Corgenix Medical Corporation has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization (EUA) of its ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test. The test is to be used for the presumptive detection of Ebola Zaire...

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Kabul bomb hits Turkish embassy car

BBC – A suicide attack on a Turkish embassy vehicle in Kabul has killed at least one person, Afghan officials say. The bomber rammed a vehicle carrying explosives into the car in the Afghan...

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Exile group accuses Iran of secret nuclear weapons research

THE WASHINGTON POST – An Iranian exile group on Tuesday accused Iran’s government of conducting secret research with the aim of developing nuclear weapons, even as it is negotiating potential constraints on its ability...

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The So-Called Islamic State

By Greg Mercer Ever since al Qaeda in Iraq rebranded itself as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in 2013 and split from al Qaeda at large, there has been some confusion...

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Non-Proliferation Treaty faces further setbacks

Key Points Developments since the last Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in 2010 have compounded existing problems facing the non-proliferation regime, and will make arriving at a consensus outcome in 2015 highly difficult. Divisions...

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Aegis ships tested against a three-missile salvo

At approximately 0230 h local time (0730 h GMT) on 24 September, a salvo of three short-range ballistic missile targets was launched near-simultaneously from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, in an exercise intended to...

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On the Road to Mosul: Iraq Buys IED-Detecting Vehicles

DEFENSE NEWS – As Iraqi security forces train to eventually retake the city of Mosul from as many as 2,000 IS militants currently digging into defensive positions, Baghdad is stocking up on counter-IED vehicles...

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Navy flight tests Trident II ballistic missiles

Sunnyvale, Calif. (UPI) Feb 25, 2015 – Lockheed Martin reports two new successful flight tests of its Trident II D5 fleet ballistic missile by the U.S. Navy. The tests of the missile were conducted...

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