Vaccines: Research, Development, Production

Vaccines not only afford the best protection against infectious disease but can serve as strong deterrence factors as well. From a bioterrorist perspective, vaccine-resistant agents are more difficult to engineer than drug-resistant agents. But the potential market has been too small and uncertain to encourage the vaccine industry to make large investments in research, development, and manufacturing of new products. This is alarming considering the eight to ten years often needed to develop a new vaccine, compared to only two to three years to develop a new bioweapon.