Dr. Asha George understands firsthand the threats biological agents can cause. George, who is executive director of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense, served in Operation Desert Storm. She knows what it’s like to be standing on the battlefield wondering whether antimicrobial resistant anthrax or some other biological agent had been loaded into a scud missile directed her way.

George, who has spent 30 years in the biodefense field, also experienced what it’s like to take a vaccine that received emergency use authorization just the week before.

“I bring that up really only because I know what it feels like to be operating in an arena under the specter of biological warfare,” George said on Wednesday before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s National Security Subcommittee.

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