Senators introduce bipartisan pandemic protection legislation

Sen. Richard Burr
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U.S. Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) recently introduced bipartisan legislation intended to provide Americans with better protection against biological threats and pandemics.

The Medical Countermeasure Innovation Act of 2015 encourages further development of treatments, countermeasures and prevention measures against pathogens that pose pandemic threat to the U.S. or could be utilized in a biological attack.

“Preparedness is a continual effort to ensure that we have the capability to respond to any threat to public health,” Casey said. “We must continue to support the development of new medical countermeasures against a wide range of threats, from emerging infectious diseases like Ebola or novel strains of flu, to known threats like anthrax, and ensure that we are fully prepared for these types of emergencies. This legislation will strengthen our preparedness system and provide incentives for new medical countermeasure development.”

Burr serves as the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman. In this role, he has stated that potential threats to the U.S. and its citizens are growing.

"This legislation continues our efforts to be better prepared to protect the American people with the medical countermeasures needed against a range of threats we may face, whether naturally occurring or the result of an attack,” Burr said.

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