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March 14, 2006

Top bioterror official Stewart Simonson resigns

Filed under: Biosecurity — by Christian Beckner on March 14, 2006

From the AP:

One of the Bush administration’s principal advisers on bioterrorism and other public health emergencies has resigned.

Stewart Simonson, assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness, told the president in a resignation letter Monday that he had accomplished what he had set out to do, and it was time to move on.

Some Democrats, and a key Republican, Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, had been critical of Simonson’s work, saying it would be better to have a medical expert serve in his position rather than a lawyer. Davis is chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.

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