On Monday, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Texas A&M University System will be holding simultaneous press conferences — the former in Washington, D.C., and the latter in Austin. HHS and A&M officials were unavailable Friday to comment on what could be a coincidence, but there are compelling reasons to believe it isn't.
An HHS release previews an announcement of "new centers in the United States that can develop and manufacture countermeasures — such as vaccines and medicines used to protect health in emergencies — and can transition quickly and cost effectively between products."
"The centers will aid in bringing new medical countermeasures to the market fast and will help train the biopharmaceutical workforce needed in the future," the release says.
Fewer details were included in an A&M System media advisory, which merely notes that Chancellor John Sharp and Richard Box, the chairman of the A&M board of regents, will be on hand for an "important announcement."
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