09.18.18

Senator Burr Commends Presidential Action on Biodefense

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Donald J. Trump released a National Security Presidential Memorandum directing the implementation of a National Biodefense Strategy to better protect Americans from biological threats. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement:

“Biological threats, whether manmade or naturally occurring, pose a grave risk to our public health and our national security. I’m pleased to see the President take action to coordinate the federal government’s vast resources to prepare for and respond to potential biological threats, and I am confident Secretary Azar will work with his counterparts across the federal government to organize an effective team to do so. The efforts announced today will help take stock, look ahead, and unify our biodefense initiatives into a strong, nimble, and organized effort. I look forward to working with Secretary Azar to protect Americans some of nature’s most frightening weapons.”

You can review the National Biodefense Strategy in full here.

As a leader on biodefense policy, Senator Burr has also introduced the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018. Read more about the bill here.