|President Kennedy honors the men|
and women of the Agency.
After 1950, the FVZA shifted to identification and destruction of remaining vampire populations. Despite exhaustive training and rigorous safety practices, over 500 FVZA soldiers lost their lives between 1950 and 1960. For the most part though, the program was a dramatic success. In a 1963 Rose Garden ceremony, President Kennedy declared that the war on vampires had been won. Those FVZA members who developed the vampirism vaccine were given the Congressional Medal of Honor.
|Lazo, Soviet Union: after the blast|
Sadly, President Kennedy's declaration was premature. Over the next two decades, vampire packs continued to turn up in isolated regions of the world. And the rush to study vampire blood for human applications had tragic consequences in the Siberian village of Lazo when a mutant strain of vampirism escaped from a secret lab. Soviet authorities were forced to destroy the town with a nuclear weapon, killing over 750 souls.
Despite these developments, the FVZA shrank in size and significance, and in 1975, President Gerald Ford pulled the plug on the Agency.
|President Reagan signs bill|
overturning research ban.
In the wake of the Lazo Disaster in the Soviet Union, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved Resolution 144.C, banning research on vampire blood across the globe. But with the development of genetic engineering in the 1980s, the pharmaceutical industry began clamoring to have the ban overturned. The industry spent untold millions lobbying members of Congress and, in 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation allowing government-supervised research on vampire blood. The Santa Rosa Institute was chosen as the base for this research.
On July 20, 2000, an international consortium of scientists gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, to announce their opposition to the testing of manipulated vampire DNA on animals. The statement read, in part: "With testing on animals, the chances of a mutated virus getting outside the lab are greater than ever. The Lazo Disaster offers ample evidence of what can go wrong under these circumstances. Who will we turn to if that happens? Vampires are extraordinarily successful predators; once they have a foothold, it is nearly impossible to root them out. It took us 7000 years to gain the upper hand with them. Why are we in such a rush to return to the past?"
Two months later, testing on animals began at the Santa Rosa Institute.
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