Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
On June 24, 2019 Congress passed and the President signed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAIA),
Public Law No. 116-22. The 2019 law amends the Public Health Service Act to build on work the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken to advance national health security. Amendments include enhancing the authorities of the Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. PAHPAIA authorizes new public health and medical preparedness programs for regional health care preparedness and military and civilian partnerships; reauthorizes funding and enhances authorities for the
Hospital Preparedness Program, the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement program and other public health and medical preparedness programs.
PAHPAIA also authorizes uses for the Public Health Emergency Fund when the Secretary declares a
public health emergency or determines that there is a
significant potential for a public health emergency and authorizes advance funding for buying medical countermeasures under the Project BioShield Act and to funding to support advanced research and development of potential medical countermeasures.
PAHPAIA also amends the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act to enhance the authority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to support rapid responses to public health emergencies.
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