S. Hrg. 108-126: Federal Biodefense Readiness: Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session, July 24, 2003   [open pdf - 206KB]

From the opening statement of Judd Gregg: "There are basically three issues that I would like to hear about. The first is, what is the status of the threat? We have talked in the past about the threat of smallpox. We have talked about the threat of course of anthrax, the attack on the Capitol. We have talked about the chemical threats that are out there also, and the threats to various health systems. In addition, are there new threats? What is the status of the threats that we know exist? Has it changed from our last discussion, and if it has, in what way? Second, what is the status of our reaction to those threats and our preparation to try to deal with them? Obviously, we are now well into the issue of the smallpox vaccination initiative. I believe the example that was set in dealing with the SARS threat represents a very significant effort and exercise that we can take a lot of pride in as a Nation, and especially your agencies, especially CDC can take a lot of pride in the way you handled it. I would be interested in how that relates to dealing with the overall threat of the potential of a biological or chemical attack. Third, what should we be doing that we are not doing? What should you be doing that is not being done? What do you need in the way of resources? What do you need in the way of people specifically? What should the Congress be doing that we are not doing?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Judd Gregg, Edward M. Kennedy, Julie Louise Gerberding, Mark B. McClellan, Elias A. Zerhouni, Anthony Fauci, and Tommy G. Thompson.

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