Challenge:

To understand the challenge of balancing the right number of antiviral stockpiles and the risks of biological warfare in an environment where technological advancement makes it more possible.

 

Solution: 

The McCain Institute established a Decision Theater project for understanding the consequences of a smallpox outbreak in New York City. The model was put together with research and analysis from experts at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine using data published in the Journal of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. Participants are able to generate various scenarios depending on the size of the bio-terror attack and the rate of infectiousness of smallpox.

 

Results:

To date, many government agencies and public health experts participated in this exercise for their assessment of the optimal preparedness strategy for smallpox. These include the FBI, DHS, DoD and CVC as well as Members of Congress.