Doctor and the Medics: Mark Johnson on the International Availability of Medical Countermeasures (MCM)

Mark Johnson on the international availability of medical countermeasures (MCM).

Introduction: Ratification of the 1925 Geneva Protocol, which prohibits the use of chemical and biological weapons, symbolised a broad determination not to engage in offensive war strategies that deploy weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Further inspired by the end of World War II, as well as limited historical use of WMD, there arose a cause for governments around the world to abandon their offensive ambitions and adapt more defensive strategies that were aimed towards protecting themselves, just in case a WMD attack should happen. By 1955-1956, for example, work at the two Porton Down establishments in the UK had become solely defensive and Britain had abandoned moves to establish any offensive capabilities. Thereafter, the UK continued to work on biological defense.

Johnson, M. L. (2013). Doctor and the medics: Mark Johnson on the international availability of medical countermeasures (MCM). In G. Winfield (Ed.), CBRNe World Directory 2013 (1st ed., pp. 186–191). Falcon Communications Ltd.

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