Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Hearing Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, Special Hearing, May 2, 2003 [open pdf - 124KB]
From the opening statement of Arlen Specter: "The world is now suffering from an enormous problem of SARS, originated in China, has been a problem in many parts of the world, recently in Toronto and also in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania… We are calling upon the Centers for Disease Control to undertake enormous new responsibilities to prepare for potential bioterrorism, and SARS is an unexpected problem; but when we take a look at the funding for the Centers for Disease Control, it is really totally inadequate not to use other language which might be more expressive or more emphatic, but the Centers for Disease Control was cut by some $175 million this year." This hearing focuses on is what is happening now on the containment of SARS, what is happening with the problem posed in China, limitations as to where people can travel and quarantines, what is going to happen in the future and what we need to do to have an adequate system to deal with problems like this one, and the adequacy of funding for the Centers for Disease Control in responding to such unexpected problems as SARS. Witnesses, statements and submissions: Julie Gerberding, Arlen Specter, Luther Rhodes, Anthony Fauci, and John Combes.
S. Hrg. 108-36; Senate Hearing 108-36