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The Trump administration has quietly dismantled or cut back multiple programs that were created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to help detect and prevent terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction


“…….For the first time in years, Homeland Security did not send a unit to protect the NCAA Final Four college basketball championship in April in Minneapolis or to an annual hot air balloon festival last fall in Albuquerque.

Homeland Security also has halted work to update a formal “strategic, integrated” assessment of chemical, biological and nuclear-related risks…..”

FDA: Medical Countermeasures Initiative (MCMi)


“FDA plays a critical role in protecting the United States from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and emerging infectious disease threats. FDA ensures that medical countermeasures (MCMs)—including drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests—to counter these threats are safe, effective, and secure.

Together with U.S. government partners through the Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE), FDA helps define and prioritize requirements for MCMs in public health emergencies. This includes coordinating research, setting deployment and use strategies, and facilitating access to MCMs.

The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA) requires FDA to issue an annual report detailing its medical countermeasure activities. This report responds to that requirement for the latest fiscal year available.”

What are MCMs infographic thumb

Congressional Biodefense Caucus

Congressional Biodefense Caucus

“……The Congressional Biodefense Caucus will serve as an informal group for Members dedicated to strengthening our nation’s biodefense enterprise and national security against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats and pandemic outbreaks. This Caucus will serve as a platform to educate Members and staff on the very real threats our nation faces from a CBRN attack or pandemic outbreak and identifying the existing gaps in our preparedness and response capabilities. Through regular briefings, the Caucus will focus on the important role that the federal and local government, our private sector partners, and the public all have in ensuring we as a nation are equipped for an emergency and identify the existing gaps in our preparedness and response capabilities……”


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