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Opinion: Congress needs to back legislation supporting disaster preparedness

When disaster strikes, the public health response must be fast and certain. To ensure that, we need to fund it now.
U.S. Air Force personnel evacuate U.S. citizens from St. Martin, aboard an aircraft after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Source: AP Photo/Carlos Giusti

The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has been holding hearings on the current state of U.S. public health biopreparedness. Its goal is to improve the country’s ability to respond to biological attacks, pandemics, and outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases. Among the topics for discussion is the reauthorization and funding for an essential piece of legislation, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018.

Aimed at , this act would ensure that the U.S. is poised to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to threats that could

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