On Wednesday, February 12th, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a roundtable hearing titled, “Are we Prepared? Protecting the U.S. from Global Pandemics.”
The purpose of this roundtable was to examine the nation’s level of preparedness against current and future pandemic threats, particularly in the context of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.
The event featured the Executive Director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, Dr. Asha M. George, as a witness. Other witnesses included:
Nikki Clowers, Managing Director, Health Care Team, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Julie L. Gerberding, MD, Former Director (2002-2009) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Honorable Scott Gottlieb, MD, Former Commissioner (2017-2019) of the Food and Drug Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Luciana Borio, MD, Former Director for Medical and Biodefense Preparedness (2017-2019) at the National Security Council
More information about the event and a video of the discussion can be found at the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs website.