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Anthrax in Review
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (RTN) discusses legislation that he has cosponsored, which he thinks will help the nation better prepare for emerging diseases and potential bioterror attacks.
We need a flexible, high powered federal government capacity that can coordinate all resources to confront threats of biological disease. Right now, major biological threats float in and out of the public consciousness: Avian flu got a lot of attention earlier this year but vanished from the public's radar screen when it failed to spread to the United States. Sens. Richard Burr, Mike Enzi and I have written a bill to fill an important gap in our current capacitya new Biological Advanced Research and Development Agencyto increase resources devoted to pandemic threats and speed new treatments to market. Along with this new agency, the bill would also make important changes to existing programs to ensure accountability and improve our response capability.
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