The future of the US government’s biodefence strategy sits in a warehouse in rural Texas. A dozen gleaming-white trailers, each about the length of a bus, hold equipment for producing millions of doses of medical countermeasures against some of the world’s deadliest threats. These mobile clean rooms can be configured to manufacture vaccines against pandemic influenza or antidotes to biological, chemical or radioactive agents. Each room can be unplugged from the pipes that supply sterile air and cell-culture media, pushed across the warehouse, and connected to a new production line — ready in days to make a different product.
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