Biodefense and Pandemic Influenza: Hearing Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, Special Hearing, May 23, 2006 [open pdf - 162KB]
From the opening statement of Judd Gregg: "As a society, I think we recognize and as a culture I think we recognize that there are certain elements of threat which the government has a responsibility to prepare for even though we hope that they will never impact us. Number one on that list, of course, is the use of a biological or nuclear or weapon of mass destruction used by an enemy of America, terrorists specifically, against us, and our preparation for that has been a major focus of this committee, myself and Senator Byrd. We have reoriented funds to address that. Number two-not in that sense; they are equal in status-is the potential of a major outbreak of influenza along the lines of what happened in the early part of the last century, which would potentially harm and kill millions, potentially hundreds of thousands, of citizens across the world and in the United States and would obviously disrupt the entire world and the economy of the world, especially America, if it were not prepared for adequately. There has been a lot of talk about that because of the issues of bird flu and the possible mutation of that virus into a form that can be conveyed to humans and human-to-human conveyance from there. So these are big issues that need to be constantly focused on and that we as a government need to be constantly addressing and talking about and making sure that the agencies in our government which are responsible are on top of these issues." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Judd Gregg, Larry Craig, Robert C. Byrd, Paul A. Offit, John M. Clerici, Scott R. Lillibridge, Frank J. Cilluffo, and Steven D. Rice.
S. Hrg. 109-702; Senate Hearing 109-702
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