Third Pillar Covers Health Care Supply Chain
Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Republican Leader Brett Guthrie (R-KY) published the third and final report as part of E&C Republicans’ Second Wave Preparedness Project. Today’s report makes many recommendations related to the health care supply chain.
The E&C Republican Leaders released the following statement.
“During this pandemic all Americans, especially our frontline health care workers, have experienced the consequences of depending too much on foreign nations to meet our health care supply chain needs. It’s clearer than ever we must make the necessary policy changes and investments to incentivize domestic manufacturing of critical pharmaceuticals and other products. To prepare for a potential ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 infections, we need to improve coordination and management of our Strategic National Stockpile while also supporting states to strengthen their own stockpiles. As we approach flu season, we should encourage all Americans to protect themselves from the flu by getting vaccinated, and we should make testing more efficient by having tests readily available that can determine if a patient has COVID-19 or the flu. Now is the time to figure out how to put us in the best position to fight the Invisible Enemy in the fall and winter months. That is what our Second Wave Preparedness Project aims to do, and we’re proud of the work that has gone into this project,” said Walden and Guthrie.
The second pillar report on vaccine and therapeutic recommendations can be found HERE. The Second Wave Preparedness Project announcement, which includes the first pillar report on testing and surveillance, can be found HERE. The three reports in total contain more than 100 recommendations for Congress, the Executive Branch, states, and other entities.