Flu Season: U.S. Public Health Preparedness and Response, Statement of Robert Kadlec, MD, MTM&H, MS, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Written Testimony, House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations [open pdf - 542KB]
From the Introduction: "Chairwoman DeGette, Ranking Member Guthrie, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on our efforts to develop appropriate and effective medical countermeasures to mitigate a future pandemic influenza event. I am Dr. Bob Kadlec, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Today, I will provide background about how ASPR [Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response] is partnering with the private sector to develop influenza vaccines, antivirals, and diagnostics to ensure we are as prepared for both seasonal as well as pandemic influenza. I will also provide an overview of the current challenges we face in preparedness due to dependence on active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and other raw materials manufactured in other countries."
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