Biodefense: Next Steps, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session on Examining the Biodefense Research Program of the National Institutes of Health, Focusing on the Development of Medical Countermeasures Against a Bioterrorist Attack, February 8, 2005   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Richard Burr: "Bioterrorism has been an important issue to me for some time. In fact, I sponsored the first bioterrorism legislation in the House before September 11. It was obvious to me the United States had a very real vulnerability to being held hostage to bioterror. After September 11, it became even more apparent that the threat was real and the government needed to work with industry to build up our protection and our ability to react to any type of an attack. [...] This subcommittee has a lot of important work ahead of it. Last year, the Project Bioshield Act was signed into law, but many people believe that there is a need for subsequent legislation that will further strengthen the program's viability. This year we will take up that discussion and legislative action on this important subject. Next year, unbelievably, it will be time to reauthorize the bioterrorism legislation from 2002. The goal of today's hearing is to examine implementation of Project Bioshield. I believe that Bioshield has begun to address the bioterrorism threat but acknowledge that more is needed to fully protect our country. In order to increase critical scientific effort in the area of the bioterrorism preparedness, the government must have full participation in this work from the pharmaceutical and biologic industries." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Richard Burr, Edward M. Kennedy, Michael B. Enzi, Pat Roberts, Anthony Fauci, Penrose C. Albright, George Painter, Jon Abramson, Gerald L. Epstein, Gordon Cameron, Randi Airola, and Meryl Nass.

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