This year’s federal advocacy meetings which are usually held at the US Capitol were cancelled due to the pandemic. Advocacy activity was promoted online and WPI signed on in support of federal legislation, H.R. 7057, which seeks to authorize $60 million over the next four years, to expand NIH research into ME/CFS and post viral impact of COVID-19. The bill also empowers the department of health and Human Services (HHS) to provide for public awareness and medical education campaigns to increase understanding of ME/CFS.
This emerging medical need will be addressed through the institute’s medical program in support of both groups of patients.