July 25, 2023

Military combat surgeon to lead new pandemic preparedness office

Editor's Note

Paul Friedrichs, MD, a military combat surgeon and retired Air Force major general, will lead the new Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response Policy, which will replace the current COVID-19 and monkeypox response teams, and prepare for future pandemics, the July 21 Reuters reports.

Dr Friedrichs will be in charge of “leading, coordinating, and implementing actions related to preparedness for, and response to, known and unknown biological threats or pathogens that could lead to a pandemic or to significant public health-related disruptions in the United States,” the report says.

Dr Friedrichs will start in the position on August 7.



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