New HHS Program Would Prepare for ‘Disease X’ Under Bill

July 27, 2021, 7:36 PM

The U.S. could have vaccines and other medical countermeasures in place for future, unknown outbreaks under legislation expected to be introduced next week.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) said Tuesday she plans to introduce a bill called the Disease X Act, which would stand up a program in the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority aimed at ensuring the U.S. can respond more quickly with novel antivirals, vaccines, and diagnostics when the next disease outbreak occurs.

“We’ve made progress, but I think we can build on this progress as we plan for unknown disease threats,” Baldwin said during a Senate Health ...

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