The US government has purchased a significant supply of radiation-injury drugs Nplate, to treat acute radiation syndrome (ARS), as Russian officials speak of the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons after suffering massive setbacks in the eight-month invasion of Ukraine. The US has maintained a stockpile of Leukine, a drug which also treats ARS, since 2013. ARS, also known as radiation sickness, occurs when a person’s entire body is exposed to a high dose of penetrating radiation, reaching internal organs in a matter of seconds. The purchase comes after Vladimir Putin renewed his threat of nuclear war. In a speech last month he vowed to use “all the means at our disposal” to protect Russia and its people. “This is not a bluff,” he said. More here.
President Joe Biden said Thursday that the risk of nuclear “Armageddon” is at the highest level since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “a guy I know fairly well” and the Russian leader was “not joking when he talks about the use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons.” He suggested the threat from Putin is real “because his military is — you might say — significantly underperforming.” Biden was speaking at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. More here.
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