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House Approves U.S. Biodefense Bill
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation intended to help protect the country against acts of biological terrorism, the bill's sponsor announced (see GSN, July 29).
"Terrorists continue to actively seek out biological or chemical weapons to carry out horrific attacks against us," Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement following the unanimous decision. "We must act to prepare for such threats that we continue to face on a daily basis more than 10 years after 9/11."
H.R. 2405 renews components of the 2006 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, which established the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The office of the Health and Human Services Department "bridges the funding gap between early stage research and the actual procurement of medical countermeasures such as vaccines and medications," according to Rogers.
The HHS branch manages the multibillion-dollar Project Bioshield, which was created to provide the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile with additional medical treatments for anthrax, smallpox and other agents that could be used to produce biological weapons or other unconventional threats. Rogers' bill renews the program's Special Reserve Fund, which would receive $2.8 billion from fiscal years 2014 to 2018.
Also addressed in the legislation are renewal of public health readiness efforts and augmenting the position of the HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response.
"I hope and pray that we never need to use such defensive measures, but they are critical to ensuring that the public stands protected," Rogers said. "We need to continue to expedite their development and strengthen the national stockpile. Quite simply, we must always prepare for the worst" (U.S. Representative Mike Rogers release, Dec. 6).
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