US Buying $290 Million Worth Of Anti-Radiation Drugs

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At a glance

  • A $290 million procurement of the drug Nplate, to treat acute radiation syndrome (ARS), was announced by the US Health and Human Services (HSS).
  • The government confirmed it was the first purchase of the drug, manufactured by the California pharmaceutical company Amgen.
  • The purchase comes after Vladimir Putin renewed his threat of nuclear war. In a speech last month he vowed to use “all the means at our disposal” to protect Russia and its people. “This is not a bluff,” he said.
  • The US government said the procurement of Nplate was not in response to the war in Ukraine.
  • An HSS spokesman told The Telegraph: “This is part of our ongoing work for preparedness and radiological security. It has not been accelerated by the situation in Ukraine.”

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