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Coronavirus Preparedness and Response

Meeting Status: 
Rescheduled
Meeting Notes: 
This hearing is a continuation of March 11, 2020 Full Committee hearing.
Date: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 9:30am
Continuations: 
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:00am
Location: 
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Coronavirus Preparedness and Response

CHAIRWOMAN MALONEY'S OPENING STATEMENT

BACKGROUND

  • The first coronavirus case in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020.   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first instance of possible “community spread” of coronavirus in the United States on February 26, 2020, meaning the origin of the patient’s exposure is unknown.
  • Since December 2019, coronavirus has infected more than 109,000 people and killed more than 3,800 people in 105 countries.
  • Press reports have indicated limited availability of testing kits, flaws in those that were made available, and narrow testing requirements, raising concerns about the Trump Administration’s readiness to efficiently and accurately diagnose coronavirus.
  • Last week, Chairwoman Maloney, Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi, National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch, and Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry Connolly requested key data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the CDC regarding the testing, diagnoses, and costs of treating coronavirus.  They also sought information about how HHS plans to ensure that the uninsured and underinsured are tested and treated for coronavirus.  

WITNESSES

Dr. Anthony Fauci
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Institutes of Health

Dr. Robert Redfield
Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Robert Kadlec
Assistant Secretary, Preparedness and Response
Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Terry M. Rauch
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight
Department of Defense

Chris Currie
Director, Emergency Management and National Preparedness
Government Accountability Office

Issues: 
116th Congress