1. Various of meeting between US Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson and the British Secretary of Health Alan Milburn
2. Various of signing of agreement
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) British Health Secretary, Alan Milburn
"Well, following the atrocities on September the 11th as we know there is now an international coalition to defeat terrorism and I think what you've seen today is the beginnings of the forging of a new international coalition to ensure that our peoples are protected from any new threats that may arise. What we've signed today is an historical agreement between the UK government and US government to pool our resources, to pool our expertise and our information. To make sure that our people are properly protected."
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) British Health Secretary, Alan Milburn
I should say that it is very, very important in my view that we stay calm about these issues as far as we know in the UK for example there is no specific or credible threat against our people. People should go about their normal business, but we have a responsibility in government to plan for all eventualities and September the 11th has shown us how we must do that."
Britain and the United States on Wednesday signed an historic agreement to share information and resources to protect the residents of both countries from the threat of bio-terrorism.
The pact will ensure the UK and USA's public health systems "stand together" in protecting the population from acts of bio-terrorism.
The agreement, called `Collaboration in Improving Public Health Responses to Emergencies', links the capacity of two powerful public health systems with expertise in the prevention, early detection and control of infectious diseases, Mr Milburn said.
According to the agreement, Britain and the United States will jointly review their surveillance systems, review all possible threats, no matter how remote, and test and strengthen contingency plans to ensure high standards of public protection.
British Health Secretary, Alan Milburn met his US counterpart, Tommy Thompson in Washington D.C.
Alan Milburn says there is no specific threat, but governments of both countries must be prepared.
Meanwhile, FBI agents wearing white moon suits and gas masks scoured the newspaper offices of two men whose exposure to anthrax has prompted heightened fear of bioterrorism across the U.S.
The search turned up no further sign of anthrax in Robert Stevens' office since traces were discovered on his computer keyboard. Stevens, 63, a photo editor with the Sun tabloid, died last week of inhaled anthrax, a rare, particularly lethal form of the disease.