Congress Passes Burr’s Bipartisan Biodefense and Pandemic Preparedness Legislation

With house vote, legislation to go to President Bush’s desk to be signed into law

December 9, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Early this morning, the House approved S. 3678, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act authored by Senator Richard Burr. The Senate passed the bill on Tuesday. The bill will go to the President's desk to be signed into law.

"Senator Kennedy, many of my Senate colleagues, and I have worked together for almost two years to pass this legislation. I am so pleased the House agreed to pass it before Congress adjourned and I look forward to the President signing it into law," said Senator Burr.

"This bill will help improve our preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters be they a terrorist attack, or caused by Mother Nature," Burr said. "It will also help improve our ability to create new drugs and vaccines to fight against emergencies like a flu pandemic."

The legislation improves our public health and medical preparedness for and responses to emergencies and disasters. Additionally, it enables the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to partner with universities, research institutions, and industry to bring more and better medical countermeasures to the public faster in case of emergency, such as a flu pandemic.


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Burr's bill reauthorizes the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002, which was signed into law following the terrorist attacks of September 11th. This law made important improvements in our ability to detect bioterrorist attacks and to care for a greater number of patients in an emergency. Burr's bill also builds on the Project BioShield Act of 2004 to accelerate advanced research and development of drugs and vaccines to protect the United States from health emergencies.

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