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U.S. Must Do More To Prepare For Disease Outbreaks, Bioterrorism, Panel Members Say

NBC News: Worse Than Ebola: U.S. Not Preparing for the Next Bio-Threat
“The U.S. government is slacking off on preparing for the next big pandemic or biological terrorism attack and is not only endangering its citizens but also missing out on a great opportunity to score political points, experts said Monday. Protecting the United States from the next pandemic of killer flu, or from a bioterrorist strike, is something Republicans and Democrats can easily agree on, a top congressional appropriator told a biodefense panel. … Yet the money hasn’t been there, and no one person or agency is in charge of making sure the United States is ready for the next outbreak of Ebola or Zika or the next anthrax attack, [Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)] and other experts said at a meeting of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C…” (Fox, 5/1).

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