In the face of a growing terror threat and rising tensions with North Korea, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is said to be seriously considering Anthrax vaccinations for thousands of the British military.
Patricia Lewis, the research director for international security at Chatham House, says ‘it is assumed North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is in possession of biological weapons, including anthrax.’
There are also concerns anthrax could be used by a terror group, such as ISIS, on the streets in Britain.
The US already vaccinates troops deployed overseas with the anthrax jab – with almost 30,000 soldiers in South Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria vaccinated.
Some specialised British squaddies, such as SAS officers, are given the option of the injection – but there is no wide-scale programme.