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Are We Prepared? Protecting the US from Global Pandemics, Statement Before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Protecting the US from Global Pandemics   [open pdf - 204KB]

From the Statement: "The epidemic spread of coronavirus in China -- along with community transmission in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan -- sharply increase the chance that we endure pandemic spread. Worse still, the novel coronavirus may become endemic. It could take a new position as a more sinister member of the seasonal pathogens that circulate each year and infect humans. The next month is critical. We must prepare for the prospect that the virus evaded our border protections and was already introduced into the U.S. in late December or early January - when it first appears to have become epidemic in China's Hubei province. Those index cases could have seeded community spread, and eventually, outbreaks could emerge in America. We have the capacity to contain small outbreaks. But we need to be vigilant and ready."

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