Pentagon Demonstrates How Securely Anthrax is Shipped Says

Commander Franca Jones Demonstrates The Various Protective Layers in Packaging To Show Why There's Minimal Risk To General Public From Anthrax Shipments
3:20 | 06/03/15

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What I'd like to do is give you a demonstration. Of the packaging and shipping process. And the reason I like to do this is I think there's been a lot of confusion in the the media and and the public with regards to how we ship and activated materials. Throughout that the transportation process. So. Let's start with a one milliliter vial. Most of that there company isn't. And partners that we work with received a vial this size. With one milliliter of liquid that's about a fifth of the T spend. I like to show you that this visit vial has a rubber seal on it to ensure that nothing in as a vial can leaked out. But just to make sure our. We put it and a zip lock bag. And close it up. As another layer of protection for anything that leaks it. As another layer of protection we provide absorbent material that would be just sufficient to capture. The amount of liquid if it were all to leak out of the vial. They wrap it up if we put it into a another container again as you see in other seal. To make sure nothing can leak. Those I don't. And this container is actually a poly carbonate and container. It's not going to break. And then. Show your we have. Or simulate for dry ice. We put it in another box. I think you're getting the point that one milliliter of liquid. Is gonna have a hard time getting. Out of this container. We must ship that on dry ice because the materials frozen and we want to make sure that it's intact when it gets tourist locations so our developers. From technologies can have found intact material because it up at the dry ice. Then we close it up. In the box OK so. That's what we do for allied agents and dead agent there's nothing different there. The one difference. Is in the labeling. Whether it's live or dead we have to label according to the hazardous materials because we have dry ice in this box. If it's an activated we won not have the label that says infectious substance. So the only difference is in the infectious substance label so we talk about risks to the public. And what's happening with this box and workers who might have handled this box and the transportation chain. We believe that the risk is zero for the general public. As well ask for the people of handled this box one milliliter of liquid. Is not going to come out of this box where we believe the risk to the two. They would be potential but extremely low. Is that the initiation of the packaging. Or at the individual who has received at and I know your concerns are most focused on the laboratory workers. You may have handled this material we can talk about that in a little bit.

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