National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness released
On January 21, after designating the ongoing pandemic a top priority for the new Biden Administration, the White House released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.
The new strategy lays out seven primary goals for COVID-19 response and pandemic preparedness:
- Restore trust with the American people.
- Mount a safe, effective, comprehensive vaccination campaign.
- Mitigate spread through expanding masking, testing, treatment, data, workforce, and clear public health standards.
- Immediately expand emergency relief and exercise the Defense
- Safely reopen schools, businesses, and travel, while protecting workers.
- Protect those most at risk and advance equity, including across racial,
ethnic and rural/urban lines.
- Restore U.S. leadership globally and build better preparedness for future threats.
According to the new strategy, the White House will establish a COVID-19 Response Office responsible for coordinating the pandemic response across all federal departments and agencies. The strategy also describes an interagency COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board, established in an Executive Order issued on the same day as the strategy.
As part of Goal 7, the strategy calls for a surge in international COVID-19 public health and humanitarian response, with the goal to mitigate secondary impacts of COVID-19 on health and development and restore U.S. leadership in global health, humanitarian, and development organizations, and international financial institutions
The strategy also aims to build better biopreparedness and expand resilience for biological threats, which is to be accomplished through, among other methods, the establishment of an interagency National Center for Epidemic Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics.
To learn more about the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 strategy, please follow the link below.
National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, The White House