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1993). Still, compared to the enormous amount of information on vaccines against more common infectious diseases, AVA remained a relative unknown. In March 1998, as troops in Southwest Asia were being vaccinated, a new controversy about the vaccine’s efficacy emerged: that it might not protect against new strains of anthrax. Research done by Russian scientists and presented at a British conference showed that genetic manipulation could produce an anthrax strain resistant to the live Soviet vaccine (Pomerantsev et al.
At the same time, the scientific investigation of the Gulf War Syndrome, which the government admitted existed, continued. For example, in October 1999, while the controversy about AVIP was at its height, RAND released a report, funded by the Department of Defense, speculating that pyridostigmine bromide, used during the Gulf War against possible Iraqi chemical attack, could cause serious nerve damage in hot, stressful conditions (Golomb 1999). With the announcement of the AVIP initiative, the anthrax vaccinations of many Gulf War Syndrome sufferers came to the fore as a prime suspect for their symptoms and a warning to younger soldiers not to trust the Pentagon with their health.
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Anthropology and the United States Military: Coming of Age in the Twenty-First Century by Pamela R. Frese, Margaret C. Harrell