The US government, according to the anthrax vaccine maker, has promised to spend a billion more bucks on a vaccine that makes 1-2% of recipients seriously ill, and that expires after 3-4 years. 44 million new doses are being ordered. Every American is kicking in about 6 dollars for this scary product that probably no civilians will use, and military servicemembers only take under threat of court martial. (There have been hundreds to thousands of refusals anyway. I testified at a number of them.)
The Center for American Progress wrote an entire report about what a scam this company and its one product are. I wrote about rapacious Emergent Biosolutions here after the earlier order was announced. From Business Week:
The U.S. government has informed Emergent BioSolutions Inc. said that it plans to order 44.8 million doses of its BioThrax anthrax vaccine, the company said Thursday.
Emergent said it expected to finalize the contract during the third quarter, and deliver the doses of BioThrax to the Strategic National Stockpile over the next five years. The company has delivered about 42 million doses of BioThrax to the government over the past 12 years.