The U.S. government just dropped $290 million dollars on anti-radiation drugs in the wake of escalated nuclear rhetoric from Russian President Vladimir Putin; procurement of the drug Nplate, to treat acute radiation syndrome (ARS), was announced by the US Health and Human Services (HSS).
Putin has become more aggressive when referring to nuclear weapons and recently told the international community Russia will use “all means at our disposal” and “this is not a bluff.”
An HSS spokesman told The Telegraph: “This is part of our ongoing work for preparedness and radiological security. It has not been accelerated by the situation in Ukraine.”
The supply of Nplate has been procured “to save lives following radiological and nuclear emergencies”, according to the HSS announcement.
“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,” it said.
“Symptoms of ARS injuries include impaired blood clotting as a result of low platelet counts, which can lead to uncontrolled and life-threatening bleeding.”
Watch Putin’s threats below: