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Washington Post Examines Debate Over Changes In Management Of U.S. Strategic National Stockpile Under Trump Administration

Washington Post: Inside the secret U.S. stockpile meant to save us all in a bioterror attack
“…For nearly two decades, the [Strategic National Stockpile, a government repository of drugs and supplies ready for deployment in public health emergency,] has been almost exclusively managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That will change under a Trump administration plan to shift oversight of the $575 million program to a different part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Doing so, proponents say, will keep the program intact but streamline decision-making and create ‘efficiencies.’ But some public health officials and members of Congress in both parties worry the move will disrupt a complex process that relies on long-standing relationships between the federal program and the state and local agencies responsible for distributing the medicine…” (Sun, 4/24).

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