By Charlotte Grant, DAP volunteer

The GAO had published a report pointing out the specific issues faced by children in case of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear disaster. As much as 40% of the medical countermeasure necessary to face such disasters are not permitted for paediatric use. Moreover, some of the countermeasures have not been approved to treat anyone for the specific indications for which they have been stocked.

Children represent 25% of the US population. The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible at the federal level to develop and acquire countermeasures, and agreed on the findings of the report.