- Testimony of
Robert M. Califf, M.D., MACC
Chair Sanders, Ranking Member Cassidy, and distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you to discuss the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s or the Agency’s) efforts to prepare for the 2023 reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act.
The last three years of the COVID-19 pandemic underscore the need to continue to optimize our preparedness and response capabilities. The Agency’s continued preparedness for, and capabilities to respond to, public health emergencies and disease threats such as COVID-19, mpox, respiratory syncytial virus, and pandemic influenza have been strengthened by Congress’ support of our work. Our efforts are in close coordination and collaboration with our partners, both within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and across the federal government, to help facilitate the development, authorization, licensure, approval, clearance, and availability of critical, safe, and effective medical products and help ensure the continuity of the food supply to address current and future public health threats. We look forward to continuing work with you this Congress to ensure future readiness.