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Testifying in Congress During a Pandemic

Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins

I testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as part of a hearing titled “Shark Tank: New Tests for COVID-19.” Also testifying was Gary Disbrow (left), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Responses, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We started the hearing wearing masks. But due to some technical difficulties with the sound system, we removed them to elevate our voices, while maintaining good physical distancing. I then presented some of the inspiring efforts now underway to combat the novel coronavirus. That includes the recently launched Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Initiative and its national technology development competition to increase our nation’s testing capacity. This “shark tank”-like competition is now encouraging science and engineering’s most inventive minds to develop rapid, easy-to-use technologies to test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. The hearing was held on May 7, 2020 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. Credit: United States Senate

Testifying on 21st Century Cures Act

Posted on by Dr. Francis Collins

Francis Collins Testifying Before Congress

It was a great honor to appear before the U. S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and I provided the subcommittee with a progress report on the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act. The hearing was held on July 25, 2018. Credit: House Committee on Energy and Commerce