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Progress In Emergency Bio-Preparedness Undermined By Budget Cuts

October 18, 2011
by Anthony Kimery
Homeland Security Today

While the nation has made “dramatic progress in meeting [its] responsibility” to ensure that public health’s role “in emergency preparedness and response” is better than it was “on the 10 year anniversary of the anthrax attacks … unfortunately, that progress is greatly threatened by recent funding cutbacks at the federal, state and local level, Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health’s (TFAH), told lawmakers in a prepared statement this morning.

Levi bluntly assessed at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs hearing, "Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats," that as a consequence, “we could face the sad irony that if another anthrax attack were to occur today, we may be better prepared than ten years ago – but possibly not as well as three years ago."

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