Assessing the State of Our Nation's Biodefense, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 28, 2015   [open pdf - 4MB]

This is the October 28, 2015 hearing held before the House Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs entitled "Assessing the State of Our Nation's Biodefense." From the opening statement of Ron Johnson: "We need to ask important questions: Are we ready for another natural infectious disease outbreak? Are federal agencies, together with state and local partners, ready to respond to a biological attack, the source of which may remain unknown for months or years? In a period of significant fiscal limitations, are funds being allocated most efficiently and effectively? Whether the threat is an intentional weapon or an emerging infectious disease, our nation's biodefense infrastructure needs to be effective from detection to attribution to recovery. Though we arguably have the greatest health care system in the world, we do not want to be overly confident about our ability to respond to these biological challenges. We need an adequate strategy and leadership to see it implemented."

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S. Hrg. 114--515; Senate Hearing 114--515
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