September 16, 2020
WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), held a hearing to review the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) coronavirus response efforts.
Blunt questioned HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D. regarding the administration’s efforts to develop coronavirus tests that are accurate, affordable, and provide quick results.Blunt, along with U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), has led efforts to speed the development of new testing technologies through the Shark Tank initiative, known as RADx, at the National Institutes of Health.
In addition, Blunt questioned HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Robert Kadlec, M.D. and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield, M.D. about the need for additional funding for vaccine development and distribution. Blunt asked for an update on the timeline for having a vaccine distribution plan in place and how distribution will be prioritized.