Federal vaccine development sites ill-suited to counter covid-19 epidemic

Department of Health and Human Services | March 15, 2020

Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. government investedheavily in four sprawling facilities that officials said could rapidly make vaccines and other lifesaving medicines if America were struck by an outbreak of infectious disease or a biological attack. But as the nation confronts the coronavirus pandemic, none of the sites located in Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Texas havedeveloped or are close to delivering medicines to counter the outbreak, according torecords, government officials and others familiar with the facilities.

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This graphic was originally published on September 9, 2015, and was updated to reflect the most recent judicial confirmation data through the end of 2015. In 2015, the U.S. Senate has confirmed just 11 federal judges to the bench, and the number of judicial emergencies has nearly tripled. As the graphic below shows, this is the worst obstruction of judicial nominations in more than half a century. As a result, millions of Americans are being denied access to justice.

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This graphic was originally published on September 9, 2015, and was updated to reflect the most recent judicial confirmation data through the end of 2015. In 2015, the U.S. Senate has confirmed just 11 federal judges to the bench, and the number of judicial emergencies has nearly tripled. As the graphic below shows, this is the worst obstruction of judicial nominations in more than half a century. As a result, millions of Americans are being denied access to justice.

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