Senator Burr Kicks Off Push to Renew Pandemic and Bioterror Defense Law

Senator Richard Burr
2018-01-26 11:40:18
Richard Burr, US Senator North Carolina id="content_main"> *Senator Burr Kicks Off Push to Renew Pandemic and Bioterror Defense Law* The Senate has been very hard at work this week, with the exception of a late start on Monday due to a short and entirely unnecessary government shutdown. That taken care of, my colleagues and I voted to confirm Jerome Powell to be the next Federal Reserve Chairman, Alex Azar to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, and former Senator Sam Brownback to serve as the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. I was also asked to lead the Senate Health Committee's second hearing into our country's response capabilities when bioterror, pandemic, or natural disasters strike. In the first hearing, witnesses included experts from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. In the second hearing we received testimony from the Director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at Sequirus (an influenza vaccine company), the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Head of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Hearing from members of the administration, state officials, health care practitioners, and the private sector has been invaluable to informing Senator Burr as he begins work to renew this critical law. We have to be better prepared to respond to multiple catastrophic events at once, like we saw last year with one hurricane after another quickly followed by a more severe flu season. I look forward to perfecting this law and getting America's emergency response readiness to where it should be: the best the world has to offer.
January 26, 2018

Senator Burr Kicks Off Push to Renew Pandemic and Bioterror Defense Law

 

The Senate has been very hard at work this week, with the exception of a late start on Monday due to a short and entirely unnecessary government shutdown. That taken care of, my colleagues and I voted to confirm Jerome Powell to be the next Federal Reserve Chairman, Alex Azar to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, and former Senator Sam Brownback to serve as the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.

 

I was also asked to lead the Senate Health Committee’s second hearing into our country’s response capabilities when bioterror, pandemic, or natural disasters strike. In the first hearing, witnesses included experts from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.

 

In the second hearing we received testimony from the Director of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, the Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations at Sequirus (an influenza vaccine company), the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Head of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

 

Hearing from members of the administration, state officials, health care practitioners, and the private sector has been invaluable to informing Senator Burr as he begins work to renew this critical law. We have to be better prepared to respond to multiple catastrophic events at once, like we saw last year with one hurricane after another quickly followed by a more severe flu season. I look forward to perfecting this law and getting America’s emergency response readiness to where it should be: the best the world has to offer.

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