For the 6th time Did UK develope its own Anthrax vaccines for the Gulf War 1990/1991 using the U.S strain of bacteria/culture

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

Ok I've been asking the Anthrax strain question for over 12 months now without a reply of straight honest answer required by law !

I have been given the link to irrelevant countermeasures in 1991 twice, i have been asked to clarify the very simple question twice, I was then asked to ask PortonBioPharma Ltd (Established 2015) Which i have done so, where at 1st the reply entailed irrelevant information and the 2nd reply stated the Anthrax vaccine British have used was from the 50's, however they Do Not hold the information surrounding Anthrax Vaccine used on troops Gulf War 1990/1991.

I received a straight answer when i requested if U.S supplied us with Anthrax vaccines 90/91 ? Which was a no and answered very quickly

So the information surrounding the Anthrax vaccine at that time is at hand to be able to answer quickly.

Ever since i've asked if we used the U.S anthrax bacteria strain to develope our own MOD has passed the buck around?

The buck has come back from PortonBioPharma and is now in your lap to answer the question honestly and transparently as required by law and allow the freedom of the information to flow!

The intelligence was at the time that Saddam Hussein/Iraq was in possession of Anthrax developed from the U.S strain/bacteria. So the logical decision would be to develope the Anthrax vaccine against that strain .

So I will try again, Did The UK (Porto Down) use the U.S strain of anthrax bacteria to develope the Anthrax Vaccine for British troops during the Gulf War 90/91. I remind you that PortonBioPharma LTD are claiming they do not hold the information for the 1990/1991 Gulf War vaccines including Anthrax, but someone does within MOD/Porto Down!

MOD were able to state that we were not supplied with U.S developed Anthrax vaccines, so somebody knows the answer to the simple question !

and of course Porton Down will know every detail surrounding the Anthrax vaccine, they have to know for the lessons learned! (Do not send links to countermeasures and/or lessons learned or any other irrelevant information ).

Simply answer the QUESTION with either,

Yes The U.S did supply UK with their strain of Anthrax bacteria for the UK to develope the correct strain of Anthrax Vaccine and best protection for British troops Gulf War 1990/1991 or

No The U.S did not supply their strain of Anthrax bacteria to allow UK to develope the correct strain Anthrax for best protection on British Troops Gulf War 1990/1991 , UK used the 1950's method using a different strain to the U.S.

Thankyou in advance for finally an open, honest and transparent simple answer as required by law allowing the freedom of information to flow freely!

Regards,

gavin roberts

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Dear Mr Roberts,

Please see attached our response to your FOI request.

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Ministry of Defence's handling of my FOI request 'For the 6th time Did UK develope its own Anthrax vaccines for the Gulf War 1990/1991 using the U.S strain of bacteria/culture'.

Unfortunately i have not received the answer to my questions. Departments seem to be going around the houses rather than answer it for some unknown reason?

The very simple question is , in it's simplest format.

Did the United States supply any of the ingredients of the Anthrax vaccines, that were developed for administration to our British troops in the Gulf War 1990/1991, in particular the bacteria used to developed them?

We know the U.S Formula was used,

This question surrounds purely the SUPPLY of ingredients and not in reference to formula's

Regards
Gavin Roberts

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours faithfully,

gavin roberts

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Mr Roberts,

 

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CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

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Dear Mr Roberts,

 

Please find attached a response to your recent request for internal
review.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team