Biodefense Bill Progresses to House Vote

July 29, 2011
Global Security Newswires

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday gave voice-vote approval to legislation intended to reauthorize leading U.S. biological defense programs (see GSN, July 27).

H.R. 2405 is intended to renew the 2006 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, notably the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority and Project Bioshield, according to Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.). The programs, overseen by the Health and Human Services Department, provide funding intended to promote development and acquisition of medical countermeasures against weapons of mass destruction.


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