H.R. 2405/ S. 1855, Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011

AVMA Position:

Support

Summary:

The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011 amends the Public Health Service Act to revise and reauthorize appropriations for public health preparedness activities, including activities related to (1) tracking the initial distribution of federally purchased influenza vaccine in an influenza pandemic, (2) state and local public health and medical preparedness and response, (3) improving hospital surge capacity, (4) expanding the capabilities of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond effectively to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies, and (5) the operations of the National Disaster Medical System.

Key Points in Support:

  • There is a critical need to continue and enhance public health preparedness for all hazards, including pandemics, which threaten public health. Provisions in the legislation help to ensure continued funding through 2016 for public health preparedness and, at the same time, establish a special reserve fund for related advanced research and development. The bill’s proposed increased collaboration among agencies and stakeholders to improve efficiency and effectiveness while decreasing redundant efforts should prove beneficial to all involved, as well as the general public as a whole.
  • The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011 is consistent with AVMA’s policy on One Health.
  • While veterinarians are not specifically excluded, the AVMA will work to see inclusion of veterinarians in future reauthorizations.

Current Status:

H.R. 2405 was introduced on 6/28/2011 by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI-8th) and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Homeland Security Committee. S. 1855 was introduced on 11/10/2011 by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. H.R. 2405 passed 12/6/2011 and was referred to the Senate. S. 1855 passed 3/7/2012 and was referred to the House.

AVMA Contact:

Dr. Ashley S. Morgan, Assistant Director, Governmental Relations Division, 202-289-3210.