Sen. Burr praises passing of Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011

Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) issued a statement supporting the recently passed Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011.

Burr called PAHPA vital to the interests of American national security in light of reports of homegrown terror threats, plans by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to acquire bioterror weapons and Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear technology.

“Since Congress passed the original PAHPA law in 2006, we have made great strides in getting our nation better prepared to handle a bioterror attack or public health emergency, but there is still much work to be done,” Burr said.

The act came out of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, of which Burr is a member. It is based on enhancing existing programs through improvements that have been developed since the original act’s passage in 2006.

Since 2006, the H1N1 pandemic and disasters at home and abroad have changed the manner in which agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration plan to deal with the development of medical countermeasures and their disbursement in case of emergency.

“The threats facing our nation are serious and we must address them accordingly," Burr said. "The American people expect us to do all that we can to prevent an attack and, if one should occur, be fully prepared to respond, including having safe and effective medical countermeasures readily available.”