Biosecurity hearing calls for greater threat response

Ten years after the September 11, 2001, terror and the anthrax attack shook the nation, Delaware Senator Tom Carper's subcommittee overseeing international security held a hearing Tuesday on the state of biosecurity in the U.S.
In a statement, Carper acknowledged the potential devastation that biological attacks can have on our lives if they become reality and the steps the government has taken to deal with those threats. Carper said that while biosecurity has improved in some areas, the WMD Terrorism Research Center has found that the nation is not yet able to properly respond to a biological disaster, WBMD reports.
“While our biosecurity has improved in some areas, a recent report by the Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center concludes that we do not yet have adequate response capabilities to meet fundamental expectations during a large-scale biological event," Carper said, according to WGMD. "The report’s findings are very troubling and I will be looking for answers at today’s hearing about how we can better prepare our country for biological threats with bold, yet fiscally responsible methods."
Carper said that the country must strive for more effective results for less or the same amount of money during these uncertain economic times.
"For example, as noted in the WMD Center’s report, we should redouble our efforts to leverage the nation’s collective capabilities to respond to bio threats and ensure that there is true regional collaboration taking place among all stakeholders, so that no city or state is overwhelmed by a biological incident," Carper said, WGMD reports. "We must also look for smarter, more innovative ways to develop medical countermeasures in a timely and cost-effective manner."
Carper was one of multiple witnesses who spoke during the "Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats" Department of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing.
"I look forward to hearing from all our witnesses about how we can improve our efforts to address this very serious challenge," Carper said, WGMD reports.