One of the greatest concerns pushed by U.S. lawmakers since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus -- COVID-19 -- has been the potential impacts on products coming from China, but this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insisted its inspections have not been hindered, nor has the virus... Read More »
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Monday night sent Congress a total $2.5 billion emergency supplemental spending request to fight the coronavirus outbreak, which top U.S. government officials warned will inevitably spread across the nation.
“The administration believes... Read More »
Three Republican senators recently sent a letter to Chad F. Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), wanting to know how a former al-Qaeda leader in Iraq was allowed to emigrate to the United States as a refugee and become a citizen.
The Department of Justice... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials is providing state governors with increased flexibility regarding electronic submission of required documents for REAL ID applications.
Specifically, DHS said states may now add identity and lawful status source documents, through a secure... Read More »
U.S. Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Judy Chu (D-CA) are seeking information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on reports that Chinese-American scientists are being targeted as potential spies.
A recent article in The New York Times reported... Read More »
While the weekend sent global fears of a COVID-19 pandemic spiking, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Director Rick Bright touted the speed at which public-private partnerships have acted on medical countermeasures.
BARDA has expanded agreements with three companies... Read More »
In three weeks, researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland have produced a vaccine candidate for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and have moved it to further development.
Part of the larger Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) rapid response program, the effort has... Read More »
In an effort to push forward research that could yield a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, the Tulane Primate Research Center (TNPRC) announced plans to develop a nonhuman primate model focused on the disease’s clinical progression, transmission, and effects on aging populations.
The... Read More »
The Jack Ma Foundation recently awarded four research teams at Columbia University $2.1 million for their efforts to identify potential antiviral drugs and antibiotics for use against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Chinese-based foundation awarded the funds to Columbia with the... Read More »
Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, recently gave his annual State of the Coast Guard Address in Charleston, S.C., highlighting the guard’s plans and accomplishments.
During the speech, Schultz outlined plans to expand the Coast Guard’s footprint in the Charleston area. ... Read More »
A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week that would create a permanent fund to respond more quickly to public health emergencies.
The Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act (S. 3309) would provide automatic funding for the existing Public Health Emergency Fund based... Read More »
U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) introduced a bill in the House of Representatives to improve network resiliency in times of emergency.
The Reinforcing and Evaluating Service Integrity, Local Infrastructure, and Emergency Notification for Today’s Networks Act (H.R.... Read More »
A group of Democratic Senators recently questioned Defense Secretary Mark Esper about the decision to begin fielding W76-2 “low-yield” nuclear submarine-launched ballistic missile warheads.
“We write to express our concern about the recent decision to begin fielding the W76-2 low-yield... Read More »
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would give National Guard and Reserve members equal hazard duty incentive pay (HDIP).
The bill was sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Similar legislation has already been introduced in the House.
“The... Read More »
The United States is struggling to implement a National Biodefense Strategy, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) review, but there are additional efforts that could make the strategy more effective.
GAO first recommended that the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary should... Read More »