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How FDA Approves Drugs

The procedures by which the Food and Drug Administration approves drugs and medical devices for use in the United States were addressed in a cluster of reports from the Congressional…

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FAS Roundup – September 25, 2020

Vaccine news stories hosting malware disseminated across Spanish-language Twitter We detected malware linked to Russian-backed Sputnik News articles reporting on AstraZeneca vaccine.

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FAS Roundup – March 6, 2020

From the bench to the beltway—a scientist’s journey to public policy FAS president Ali Nouri shares his career path from conducting…

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FAS Roundup – September 4, 2020

Global enthusiasm and American trepidation in Russian diplomatic vaccine efforts This week’s FAS Disinfo Report explores the global narrative around Putin’s premature vaccine announcement. While it was slammed by…

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Biosecurity Bills Before Congress

Several biosecurity related bills are being considered by Congress. Photo credit Harry Keely.With the lame-duck congressional session drawing to a close there is not much time for action on the biosecurity related bills before Congress.  So what does this mean for biosecurity and biosecurity related legislation?  Congress is considering several bills related to biosecurity, but little progress is expected during the remainder of the lame-duck session. First, S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, passed the Senate last week on a bipartisan basis with a vote of 73-25.  A similar version of the bill, which aims to update the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety policies for the first time in over sixty years, passed the House last year. At a news conference in 2004, outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson famously said, "I, for the life of me, cannot understand why the terrorists have not, you know, attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do. And we are importing a lot of food from the Middle East, and it would be easy to tamper with that."  This bill would increase food safety and strengthen biosecurity by increasing the FDA’s power to enforce mandatory recalls of contaminated food and the number of inspections of food processors.

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National Biodefense Science Board Meeting

On June 18, 2008 the National Biodefense Science Board held their second meeting. The NBSB was created under the 2006 Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act and was established to…

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