Sen. Rounds addresses cyber security, coronavirus vaccine

Data breaches and privacy hacks are becoming more of a concern as technology advances around the world.

Senator Mike Rounds saying on Thursday, the United States has come a long way in policy changes to strengthen cyber security, but still has a ways to go.

He says multiple recommendations are included in the latest National Defense Authorization Act to improve the country’s response to cyber attacks.

Another option is an idea proposed in a bipartisan bill that is creating the position of National Cyber Director within the White House.

“That’s in the discussion stage right now, what we don’t want to do is make it more cumbersome to respond in terms of the DOD we want to make sure we have a streamline process but with checks and balances,” says Rounds.

As the U.S. continues to move closer to developing a coronavirus vaccine, Rounds says it’s not surprising countries like China and Russia are eyeing the research.

10 billion dollars of CARES Act money was set aside to develop the coronavirus vaccine.

Rounds says we could see a vaccine in the next six months to a year.

“We do have new therapeutics that are being developed and new vaccines that are being developed there is a program called warp speed which the DOD is working on right now which will accelerate the delivery of appropriate vaccines into the market place by months if not a year,” says Rounds

Once the vaccine is approved, then comes the discussion on who will first receive it.

Rounds says first responders, hospital staff and teachers will likely top the list.

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