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E&C Leaders Announce Committee Teleconference Forum on COVID-19 Testing, Contact Tracing and Surveillance on May 8

May 7, 2020
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced that the Full Committee will hold a teleconference forum on Friday, May 8, at 12 pm (EDT) on COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and surveillance.

“Our nation cannot effectively combat this terrible pandemic in the weeks and months ahead without significant testing, contact tracing and surveillance,” Pallone and Walden said.  “We look forward to hearing from health experts about what actions they believe are necessary to ensure our communities have the resources they need to fight this pandemic and to confidently reopen their local economies.”

During the forum, the Committee will hear from three health experts: 

  • Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from 2015-2017. 
  • Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., former Administrator of CMS from 2004-2006 and former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2002-2004. 
  • Avik Roy,Co-founder and President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

This forum is open to the press.  Credentialed reporters interested in listening to the forum live should RSVP to by 4 pm today, Thursday, May 7.

UPDATE: The audio recording of the teleconference forum can be found here.