POLITICO: Trump puts HHS in charge of defense against biological threats

“President Donald Trump Tuesday morning issued a national biodefense strategy that repeals Bush and Obama administration policies and installs an HHS-led committee to survey gaps in responding to biological threats.”

“The committee includes officials from the Pentagon, Agriculture and Homeland Security departments and will review capabilities across the intelligence community and 15 executive branch agencies.”

“It will assess the agencies’ ability to respond to both man-made and naturally occurring biological threats, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said during a press briefing. That survey will influence spending priorities in fiscal 2020…”

“Senior administration officials later said threats could be better addressed by streamlining processes for biotech companies to work with the HHS’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority…” Read the full article here.

Source: Trump puts HHS in charge of defense against biological threats – By Sarah Owermohle, September 18, 2018. POLITICO.

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