Soldiers vaccinated against anthrax have the opportunity to help future anthrax victims by donating their blood. Or they can do it for the $60 they’ll get in return.
The government plans to develop an experimental treatment for anthrax from the blood of people vaccinated against it. Such a medicine has never been tested on people, but scientists think it has a good chance of working based on animal tests.
In a Fort Campbell, Ky., gymnasium when troops were told they would get $60 for a liter of their blood plasma, many whooped and hollered. They can donate up to once a week.
Donating blood four times a month could add $240 to a specialist’s $1,550-a-month base salary.
Fort Campbell was selected as the first site because a high percentage of soldiers there have been vaccinated against anthrax.