Investments in BARDA and the Project BioShield Special Reserve Fund are a modest, yet critical, insurance policy against deadly threats. In our constrained fiscal environment, it is vital that we not lose sight of the importance of preparing for the worst. We cannot afford otherwise.
Jim Greenwood is the president and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization in Washington, DC and a former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.