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The Biden administration is preparing a comprehensive initiative to fight hepatitis C that would streamline testing and treatment and secure an agreement with drugmakers to bring down the cost of treatment of the disease, which has spiked during the pandemic, Roll Call reports. Francis Collins, special project adviser to President Biden and former longtime director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, said Monday the administration hopes to secure some funding this year for the yet to be formally unveiled initiative. He explained the plan would include increased investments into hepatitis C surveillance in the hopes of creating a system similar to one tracking HIV data.

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