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“The coronavirus represents a serious international health crisis, however, here in South Florida, I have been informed that at this time there is no immediate threat to public health, ” Mucarsel-Powell said on Monday.
On Wednesday, U.S. Sens. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark. sent a letter to American Hospital Association President Richard Pollack requesting information on the steps they have taken to safeguard U.S. research and intellectual property from the influence of foreign adversaries, including Communist China.
The two senators have introduced the “We PAID Act” which would ensure that the prices of drugs developed using federally funded research are set at reasonable levels. The legislation has been endorsed by AARP.
After reports last week of red tide returning to Southwest Florida, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., called on the U.S. Senate to do more to help combat the problem.
Buchanan said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is has awarded more than $1.9 million to Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota to help battle red tide.
Along with Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Director Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore and state Rep Will Robinson, R-Bradenton, Buchanan toured the preserve on Monday. The Robinson Preserve, the Manatee River and canals between Ellenton and Bradenton have all been hit by blue-green algae.
On Wednesday, the House passed Buchanan’s proposal having the National Institutes of Health (NIH) set aside $6.25 million to study red tide and toxic algae which plagued Florida last year. The proposal now heads to the U.S. Senate as part of a funding bill.
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