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  • A Doctor's Note on Innovation
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on July 9, 2020 | Preview rr

    July 9, 2020 Dear Friends, Today, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing on “Consumers Beware: Increased Risks During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” My questions centered around how technology is being used to help address COVID-19 issues. To this end, I recently introduced H.R. 6928, the Advancing 3D Printing Act. We have seen numerous innovative uses of 3D printing. The University of Miami is completing a project to 3D print 1,000 nasopharyngeal swabs... Read more

  • A Doctor's note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on July 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    July 7, 2020 Dear Friends, This morning, I joined Mark Davis to discuss the latest with COVID-19 and what this fall might look like. National Updates The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the third combination diagnostic test that will help differentiate between flu and COVID-19 viruses in individuals, in order to help health care providers prepare for the upcoming flu season amidst the pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) and Depa... Read more

  • A Doctor's note for July 4th
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on July 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    July 2, 2020 Dear Friends, This Independence Day weekend, as you relax and reflect, please take the proper precautions to protect your family and yourself from COVID-19. Social distancing, wearing a mask, and staying home if you are sick are little things that can make a big difference in slowing the spread. If you need access to a COVID-19 test, there are several locations across Texas. National Updates The Trump Administration reestablished the Ready Reserve Corps as part of the U.S. Public H... Read more

  • A Doctor's note on Mental Health
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on June 30, 2020 | Preview rr

    June 30, 2020 Dear Friends, Mental health has become an even more important public health issue as this coronavirus continues to impact our lives – one-third of Americans have felt that this pandemic has seriously affected their mental health. Today, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health honored my request to hold a hearing on this important issue. This hearing examined 22 bills, including one that I introduced alongside Rep. Drew Ferguson addressing mental health in schools. Other top... Read more

  • A Doctor's note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on June 26, 2020 | Preview rr

    June 26, 2020 Dear Friends, Today, Governor Abbott announced a temporary pause on reopening phases due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Texas. Now more than ever it is important to continue to follow the preventative measures recommended by public health officials, such as frequent hand washing, maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others, regularly cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and covering your mouth and nose with a face covering, such as a cloth m... Read more

  • June 23: A Doctor's Note on the Administration's Response to COVID-19
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on June 23, 2020 | Preview rr

    June 23, 2020 Dear Friends, Today, the full Energy and Commerce Committee had the opportunity to hear from agency heads about the Trump Administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although I was denied the opportunity to deliver an opening statement during today’s hearing by Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), I am grateful that the full committee finally convened for this important update. Having served in Congress for numerous outbreaks, I have seen how bureaucracy can hinder a response. W... Read more

  • Juneteenth Reflection
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on June 19, 2020 | Preview rr

    On this day in 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended. Two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, the official word of freedom reached African Americans in Texas. One hundred and fifty-five years later, it’s important to remember this day since it represents a time when America became “a more perfect union.” It is a part of our shared history. People of all races and ethnic background... Read more

  • A Doctor's Note on racial disparities in Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on June 17, 2020 | Preview rr

    June 17, 2020 Dear Friends, Today, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health respected my May 12, request and held a hearing on racial disparities related to COVID-19. My goal for today’s hearing was for members to listen and take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference and change things for the better. I hope that the discussion today moves us in that direction. We should use this information to draft commonsense, bipartisan legislation that can become law. During the hearing I ... Read more

  • A Doctor's note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on June 16, 2020 | Preview rr

    June 16, 2020 Dear Friends, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published testing guidelines for nursing home residents and healthcare personnel and guidance for high-density critical infrastructure workplaces after a COVID-19 case is identified. The Food and Drug Administration revoked the Emergency Use Authorization for hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate because they determined that these two drugs are unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19. The Department ... Read more

  • A Doctor's note on Coronavirus
    Posted in Dr. Burgess' Weekly Address on June 11, 2020 | Preview rr

    June 11, 2020 Dear Friends, The Food and Drug Administrationissued an emergency use authorization to Illumina, Inc., for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test using next-generation sequence technology, which can determine the genetic sequence of a virus. RegeneronPharmaceuticals launched the first clinical trial of its investigational dual antibody cocktail for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the National Influenza Vaccine Strate... Read more